Reaffirming EU justice and home affairs ministers support of EJTN’s efforts within judicial training

Monday, June 04, 2018

  • EU Member States’ justice and home affairs ministers support EJTN’s efforts in building a true European area of justice.
  • EJTN addressed the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting with a discussion paper focussing on the better implementation of the EU acquis.

EJTN was delighted to address the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, held 4-5 June in Luxembourg, 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.

Building an EU-wide area of freedom, security and justice
The Justice and Home Affairs Council aims to build an EU-wide area of freedom, security and justice by fostering cooperation and common policies on various cross-border issues. It is made up of the EU Member States’ justice and home affairs ministers.

EJTN’s Secretary General, Judge Wojciech Postulski, addressed this early June Council meeting with a discussion paper focussing on the core aim of a better implementation of the EU acquis, or the body of common rights and obligations of all EU countries, and the vital role that the training of Europe’s legal practitioners has to play in achieving this aim.

Future challenges
Judge Postulski opened his address by recalling EJTN’s long legacy of success and sustained growth. He then focussed on several key issues of building a true European area of justice, including:

  • The need for respect and mutual trust in the legal systems of the EU
  • Appreciating that judicial training in the EU is a shared responsibility of the EU and national levels
  • The need to maintain a consistent support of judicial training
  • Appreciating that training is vital to higher standards of competence and performance
  • Funding for training to deal with emerging needs to be secured
  • That Member States maintain funding for their national-level training providers
  • That EJTN’s role as a distinguished judicial training provider continues to be safeguarded.     

During subsequent discussions on Judge Postulski’s address, ministers expressed their appreciation of the works and achievements of EJTN and highlighted the importance and necessity of judicial training in the building of a common European judicial area as well as for enhancing cross-border judicial cooperation. The Justice and Home Affairs Council reaffirmed its support for judicial training and EJTN’s positions asking the European Commission and Commissioner Ms Věra Jourová of the Directorate-General Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality to at least sustain their current levels of support and financial contribution of EJTN.

Deputy Secretary-General of the European Commission, Ms Ilze Juhansone, also addressed the meeting delegates. She reiterated support for EJTN and referred to the impressive achievements made so far in the pursuit of the 2020 judicial training targets the European Commission set in its Building trust in EU-wide justice, a new dimension to European judicial training communication of September 2011.

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.