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European Commission’s report on training for EU legal practitioners

Thursday, January 05, 2017

  • The European Commission has published the European judicial training 2016 report, an important progress account of judicial training across the EU.
  • From 2011 to 2015, nearly 500,000 legal practitioners have received training.

The European Commission has published the European judicial training 2016 report, an important assessment of the progress made toward reaching the 2020 judicial training targets the European Commission has set in its Building trust in EU-wide justice, a new dimension to European judicial training communication of September 2011.

The European Commission’s ambitious target is to enable 700,000 legal practitioners, half of the legal practitioners in the European Union, to participate in European judicial training activities by 2020 by accessing opportunities located at the local, national and European levels.

Results on track
This year’s report shows a stabilisation in the numbers of legal practitioners trained in EU law and the law of other Member States at EU level – more than 124,000. EU funds supported the training of a record number of 25,000 legal practitioners, more than every fifth participant.

From 2011 to 2015, nearly 500,000 legal practitioners have received training, putting the European Commission’s training target firmly on track.

The comprehensive 21-page report also highlights other key aspects of European judicial training, including training participation by profession, length of training, training topics and quality indicators. 

Honoured to help
EJTN is honoured to continue working with the European Commission and Europe’s judicial training stakeholders in providing training and supporting resources as well as with assisting in compiling vital annual progress statistics and reports.

“I am very grateful to the EJTN for its precious collaboration in the compilation of these figures. The European Commission will continue to monitor progress in the area of judicial training and counts on the participation of all actors to do so,” said Mr. Marc Jorna, Head of Unit, Judicial training and e-Justice, European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers.

Learn more about European judicial training policy and consult past years’ reports from the European Union’s e-Justice portal.

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