EJTN’s Conference of Directors – securing the future of EJTN

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

  • EJTN convened its Conference of Directors meeting – bringing together the key players of Europe’s judicial sphere.
  • The conference proceedings focussed on EJTN’s future goals and activities.

The EJTN was honoured to organise its Directors’ Conference in Vienna on the 24th and 25th of October. The high-level conference, adopting the theme of Judicial training strategy: turning challenges into opportunities, brought together the directors and other key roles of EJTN’s Membership along with governmental, European Commission and other strategic partner representatives. The Directors’ Conference represented a principal event where EJTN’s future was shaped.   

Held under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the conference opened with a welcome addresses from Mr Josef Moser, Federal Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice of Austria. EJTN’s Secretary General, Judge Wojciech Postulski, also welcomed all of the gathered delegates.

A keynote address was given by Ms Birgit Tschütscher, Head of the Department of Human Resource development at the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice of Austria. Ms Alexandra Jour-Schröder, the Acting Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, also gave a keynote address focussing on the lessons learnt from the European Commission’s ambitious 2020 judicial training targets, set in its Building trust in EU-wide justice, a new dimension to European judicial training communication of September 2011.

As a primary focus of this year’s Directors’ Conference, EJTN’s upcoming strategic plan was very much in the focus. The Chair of the EJTN Steering Committee, the EJTN Member Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM) of France presented the draft EJTN Strategic Plan 2021–2027 and highlighted what had been achieved so far, the methodology behind the draft plan and the content and proposed implementation of the strategy. The EJTN Strategic Plan 2021–2027, which is set to be formally adopted at EJTN's upcoming General Assembly in June 2019, frames the Network’s future orientations, goals, relations with its actors as well as outlines its planned activities.

The remaining part of the first day as well as the second day was devoted to a plethora of hands-on workshops. These delved into various themes and topics, including the future role and involvement of EJTN Members in the Network, possible court staff training within the EJTN framework, linguistic barriers faced, the capitalisation of EJTN Members and the future scope of EU-external cooperation and capacity-building activities. The second day of the conference then closed with summaries of the workshops as well as closing remarks.

The EJTN Directors’ Conference was a particularly important event, one which helped establish the EJTN’s future goals, directions and operations up until 2027. Equally importantly, the conference’s format and proceedings all attested to EJTN’s core values that promote respect, engagement, networking, internal democracy and innovation and quality.