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18 January 2024

Take the initiative: application cycle to regional exchanges and judiciary learning grant programme is open

EJTN offers several opportunities to create an exchange project with flexibility, tailored to the needs of judges, prosecutors, court staff and trainers via project-based exchanges.

Over the last years, EJTN has developed programmes where the participants can identify their own interests and learning needs and receive financial support from EJTN to implement their projects. Participating judges, prosecutors, court staff and trainers can learn from their European colleagues with the highest possible level of freedom to design their own exchange activity from A to Z.

With a project-based exchange, the applicant must identify a host partner and prepare an exchange project with his or her counterpart before applying. To learn more about how to apply, please visit the project-based exchanges page.

Regional exchanges: enhancing cooperation with your peers on the other side of the border

EJTN’s regional exchanges are designed to develop direct cooperation and trust between practitioners located on two sides of a border. Participants can foster mutual trust and cooperation at the local level and establish long-term relationships. They can also identify and solve practical problems arising from cross-border cases, creating conditions for better and direct cross-border cooperation.

Some past regional exchanges funded by EJTN have helped courts improve their cooperation in the area of criminal law, civil and commercial matters, as well as share best practices in the area of administrative simplification.

The courts or prosecution offices of the visiting and hosting participants must be located at a maximum distance of 150 km from the domestic border, i.e. a maximum distance of 300 km between the two courts or prosecution offices). EJTN reminds participants to include all relevant accompanying documents with their application.

Judiciary learning grant programmes: self-identify and create individualised learning opportunities

EJTN’s Judiciary learning grant programme empowers judiciaries through active, self-directed applied learning, aiming to gain new knowledge through problem identification and resolution. Participants can set up a tailor-made and customised study, that strengthens judicial work and contributes to positive change through transnational dialogue, networking, and collaborative problem-solving.

The judiciary learning grant programme empowers participating judges, prosecutors, court staff and trainers to proactively develop a more effective and efficient judicial practice using the insight gained to solve issues they may encounter in their daily work.

In the past, EJTN has provided learning grants for projects in areas such as: electronic tools in criminal proceedings, drug trafficking and cross-border organised crime, late payment in commercial transactions and the CJEU’s approach to international divorces.

Prospective participants are reminded to include all relevant accompanying documents with their application. A scoring rubric allows the national training institutions and EJTN to assess the quality of the submitted project.

Application process and requirements

For both programmes, regional exchanges and judiciary learning grants, the applications can be submitted all year long until the whole budget of this programme is spent. The last application must be received by Friday 15 November 2024, 18:00 (Brussels time).

Since regional exchanges and judiciary learning grants are project-based activities, all applications must include a hosting agreement and a project proposal form.

The EJTN Exchange Programme

Launched in 2005 at the initiative of the European Parliament, the Exchange Programme for judicial authorities aims to develop a European judicial culture based on mutual trust between judicial authorities in the European judicial area.

By participating in an exchange, judges, prosecutors, court and prosecution staff, and trainers from different EU Member States improve their knowledge of other judicial systems through direct contact and exchange of views and experiences.

In 2023, more than 3,000 judges, prosecutors and court staff from the EU, the UK and the Western Balkans participated in EJTN exchange activities.

All activities offered by the Exchange Programme can be found at: https://ejtn.eu/exchanges.