EJTN’s 2018 General Assembly held June 14-15 in Bulgaria

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • EJTN’s 2018 General Assembly was held in Varna, Bulgaria.
  • A full array of presentations, topics, workshops and activity fairs made for an exceptionally interactive and value-adding event.

EJTN’s 2018 General Assembly was held June 14 and 15 in the beautiful coastal city of Varna, Bulgaria.

The EJTN General Assembly was opened with a welcome addresses by the Host and President of the General Assembly, Ms Miglena Tacheva, Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of Bulgaria as well as by Judge Wojciech Postulski, Secretary General of the EJTN. The delegates then enjoyed several prestigious keynote speeches from Ms. Tsetska Tsacheva, Minister of Justice of Bulgaria, representative of the Court of Justice of the EU, Judge Mariyana Kancheva, representative of the European Parliament, MEP Emil Radev and a representative of the European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

Following the welcome addresses and keynote speeches, EJTN’s Secretary General delivered his annual report covering EJTN’s 2017 activities as well as the proposed 2019 activities. Afterward, the Steering Committee Chair delivered its annual report, which was followed by questions and discussion.

Addressing the upcoming EJTN Draft Strategic Plan 2021–2027, this year’s General Assembly took a novel and interactive approach to enhance the discussions. EJTN Members were each given handheld voting devices, which facilitated the needed decision-making process of this effort. EJTN’s new Strategic Plan 2021–2027 frames the Network’s future orientations, goals, relations with its actors as well as outlines its planned activities.

Artificial Intelligence and the jurisprudence
Delegates also especially appreciated an innovative learning session provided in the afternoon of the first day. Mr Tjerk de Greef, PhD, Director of Search Technology, Wolters Kluwer Technology gave a very thought-provoking and future-oriented discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the jurisprudence. Also, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) gave a presentation of the Global Judicial Integrity Network and of its judicial ethics training package.

Continuing with an especially rewarding practice, the General Assembly offered many hand-on activities for the gathered delegates. Each of EJTN’s 3 Working Groups as well as 5 Sub-Working Groups held interactive activity fairs. Each of EJTN’s 3 Working Groups featured dedicated workshops, and these were further complemented with thematic workshops.

The Network grows …
After the opening of the second day of the General Assembly, the delegates unanimously approved a new EJTN Member, namely the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Latvia. Observer status was also conferred to the National School of Judges of the Ukraine.

Regarding finances, EJTN's Accounting Manager and Internal Auditors gave reports on the 2017 financial year, and the 2017 accounts were unanimously approved. An overview to the current 2018 account and its execution was given. Looking further ahead, the 2019 draft EJTN budget was presented and discussed and unanimously approved.

Towards the end of the second day and closing of the General Assembly, a comprehensive roundup of EJTN’s various eTools and platforms was given. These included EJTN’s new project management tool, training seminar participant processing systems and online training resource databases.

Exceptionally interactive and value adding!
Under the 2019 Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the General Assembly delegates were warmly welcomed to EJTN’s 2019 General Assembly, which will be held in Romania.

Thanks to the full array of presentations, topics, workshops and activity fairs, along with the very active and engaged delegates, the EJTN 2018 General Assembly was an exceptionally interactive and value-adding event.

EJTN is immensely thankful to the Director and all the staff of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of Bulgaria for the outstanding help and support given for this year’s EJTN General Assembly.