Welcoming a Tunisian special delegation

Friday, November 24, 2017

  • EJTN was delighted to welcome a delegation from the High Council of the Tunisian Magistracy taking part in a week-long study visit in Belgium.
  • Appreciating the Belgian judicial institutional landscape and exploring new collaborative efforts in judicial training were on the delegation’s agenda.

EJTN was delighted to welcome a special delegation from the High Council of the Tunisian Magistracy (Conseil Supérieur de la Magistrature Tunisien – CSM), taking part in a week-long study visit organised to Belgium’s High Council of Justice.

The 20-strong delegation was composed of representatives from the High Council of the Tunisian Magistracy, the Ministry of Justice of Tunisia and Berlin-based Democracy Reporting International (DRI), which was also the organiser of the visit.

The functioning of justice
As a recently constituted constitutional body of Tunisia, the CSM ensures the proper functioning of justice and the independence of judicial authority in accordance with the provisions of the Tunisian constitution. DRI, as a supporter of this delegation, promotes political participation of people, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions across the globe.   

Over the week’s programme, the delegation visited various judicial and governmental bodies based in Belgium, including representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, Belgium’s Judicial Training Institute (an EJTN Member) and EJTN itself.

The overall purpose of the visit was to understand how Belgium’s High Council of Justice operates and the relations it maintains with the Belgian Ministry of Justice as well as explore potential collaborative efforts for the training of new magistrates with judicial training providers.

A diversity of issues and themes
The members of the delegation had a programme rich with a diversity of issues and themes. These included an overview of the Belgian judicial institutional landscape, the functioning of Belgium’s High Council of Justice, discussions relating to the appointment, promotion and careers of magistrates, presentations on investigative boards and missions as well as discussions on external relations.

On its part, EJTN provided a thorough presentation of its role in European judicial training, how it operates and how it has developed over the years as well as its programmes and the types of training it offers.

Several discussion points proved to be of particular interest during EJTN’s presentation, including arranging judicial training sessions, concerns in respect with initial judicial training organisation, training needs analysis, content and accreditation of training, selection of experts,  guides for trainers and participants and cooperation with training partners.

EJTN is honoured to receive delegations from around the world and is pleased to support the judiciary and judicial training across the globe by backing the vital efforts of special visiting groups.