In support of the next Justice Programme 2021-2027

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

  •  EJTN’s 2018 General Assembly unanimously adopts a resolution outlining the need for the continued and definitive support of judicial training and its key actors. 
  • EJTN’s unique position and incisive voice will contribute to the Council’s preparations for the next Justice Programme 2021-2027.

At EJTN’s recent General Assembly, held in Varna, Bulgaria on June 15, a seminal resolution was unanimously adopted by the voting delegates, one which outlined the need for the continued and definitive support of European judicial training as well as its key actors. 

The Resolution, supported by EJTN’s Member institutions, reflects and communicates the position of EJTN and its Members for the preparations of the next Justice Programme 2021-2027, which begin this July.

The Justice Programme, which is a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council, is the foundation contributing to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. The Justice Programme’s many articles also stipulate the specific objectives of the Programme, with a fundamental objective being to support and promote judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture.

A unique position and incisive voice
EJTN is the only network at the EU level to gather together all of the judicial training bodies of all EU Member States and it has continued to receive the European Commission’s steadfast and unwavering support in the form of operating grants as well as venerable appraisal for well over a decade. Thus, EJTN has a unique position and incisive voice on European judicial training with which to contribute to the Council’s preparations for the next Justice Programme 2021-2027.

The EJTN Network’s Resolution sets out three key statements. Firstly, that further support to the national institutions responsible for judicial training is needed. Secondly, that EJTN continues to be recognised as a reliable partner and champion of European judicial training. And, thirdly, that the final Justice Programme Regulation cements the granting of an operating grant to EJTN to ensure its financial operability and operational sustainability for the period 2021-2027.

Well into the next decade
EJTN has for over a decade now, proudly been playing a central and discernable role in European judicial training. It has provided for judicial training for tens of thousands of Europe’s judiciary since 2010 and has also produced other groundbreaking initiatives such as EJTN’s nine judicial training principles, which provide a common foundation and framework for Europe’s judiciary and judicial training institutions.

With cemented support and funding, EJTN remains ready and committed to supporting European judicial training well into the next decade.