Presenting EJTN’s efforts at the EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum
- EJTN addressed the EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum with a presentation of its training offer
- Ministers expressed their commitment to judicial training and welcomed the training opportunities offered by the EJTN
EJTN was delighted to address the EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum, held on 18 – 19 November 2019 in Skopje, and to confirm the support of the EU Member States’ justice and home affairs ministers for EJTN’s efforts in building a true European area of justice.
The Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Finland, representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with the European Commission, represented by the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, met on 18 - 19 November 2019 with their counterparts from the Western Balkans at the annual EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the incoming Croatian Presidency.
Under the Thessaloniki Declaration, annual meetings of foreign ministers and justice and home affairs ministers will be held as appropriate within the framework of an EU–Western Balkans forum to discuss issues of common concern, to review progress of the countries of the region on their road to Europe, and to exchange views on major developments in the EU. Acceding and candidate countries will be fully involved.
Cooperation with EU Agencies, Entities and Programmes
The Ministers committed to examine and increase cooperation with the EU’s agencies, entities and programmes where appropriate. The Ministers underlined that judicial training of national judges, prosecutors, court staff and other legal practitioners is vital. Ministers expressed their commitment to judicial training and welcomed the training opportunities offered by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).
EJTN is committed to engaging with the Justice and Home Affairs Council as well as with the other actors in the judicial arena to actively build an EU-wide area of freedom, security and justice.
Please find herewith the available press release of the ministerial forum.