EJTN’s 2017 General Assembly held June 22-23 in Malta

Friday, June 23, 2017

  • EJTN’s 2017 General Assembly held in Malta.
  • The General Assembly provided a comprehensive view of achievements and marked a well-defined course for EJTN’s future. 

EJTN’s 2017 General Assembly was held June 22 and 23 in St. Julians, Malta. The beautiful seaside venue provided for a particularly inspiring and productive event. 

The EJTN General Assembly was opened with welcome addresses by the Host and the President of the General Assembly, Judge Michael Mallia, Director of the Judicial Studies Committee of Malta and Judge Wojciech Postulski, Secretary General of the EJTN. The Hon. Mr. Justice David Scicluna, Judge of the Superior Courts of Justice of Malta together with Mr Marc Jorna, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission delivered inspiring keynote speeches.

Following the welcome addresses and keynote speeches, EJTN’s Secretary General delivered his annual report covering EJTN’s 2016 activities as well as the proposed 2018 activities. Afterward, the Steering Committee Chair delivered her annual report, which was followed by questions and discussion.

Hands-on workshops
Continuing with an especially rewarding practice, the General Assembly offered many hand-on workshops for the gathered delegates. One workshop dealt with the challenges and obstacles faced by EJTN’s Working and Sub-Working Groups. Each of EJTN’s 3 Working Groups as well as 5 Sub-Working Groups held such dedicated workshops, giving gathered delegates a chance to voice issues and shape answers to these.

With a view to EJTN’s upcoming Strategic Plan 2021–2027, a further workshop focussed on mapping the initial strategic orientations and goals of the future, further enhancing relations between EJTN Members and non-Member involvement with EJTN activities along with joint activities with external partners and third parties.

Focussing on methods of enhancing collaboration in training and learning, two thought-provoking presentations were held by Ms Caroline Holst Åhbeck, Training Manager, Swedish Prosecution Authority and Mr Frank Cornelissen, Lector Educational Sciences, at The Netherlands’ Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR).

New Members
The second day of General Assembly began with EJTN Membership-related issues. Two former EJTN Observers, the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Estonia and the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Lithuania, were accepted as fully-fledged EJTN Members.

Regarding finances, EJTN's Accounting Manager and Internal Auditors gave reports on the 2016 financial year, and the 2016 accounts were unanimously approved. An overview to the current 2017 account and its execution was given. Looking further ahead, the 2018 draft EJTN budget was presented and discussed and unanimously approved.

Well-defined course for EJTN’s future
Under the future Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Mrs. Miglena Tacheva, Director of the Bulgarian National Institute of Justice (NIJ), warmly welcomed the General Assembly delegates to EJTN’s 2018 General Assembly, which will be held in Bulgaria.

Thanks to the many engaging speeches, workshops and sessions, this year’s General Assembly was a particularly productive event providing a comprehensive view of achievements and marking a well-defined course for EJTN’s future.

EJTN is greatly thankful to the Judicial Studies Committee (JSC) of Malta and the EU Presidency Council of Malta for the help and support given for this year’s EJTN General Assembly.