Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the RegionsEnsuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024English version; every other language, including Q&A At its Justice and Home affairs Council meeting on December 4, 2014 in Brussels, the Council of the European Union issued key conclusions within the meeting frame of Training of legal practitioners: an essential tool to consolidate the EU acquis. Read the full conclusions here: Council of the European Union meeting conclusions. The European Commission has published the 2014 report on European judicial training. The report shows that in 2013, 94,000 more legal practitioners were trained in EU law and the law of other Member States. This increase can be attributed to enhanced data collection and a greater offering of more training activities. EU funds supported the training of a record number of 22,000 legal practitioners. The Council of the European Union, at its meeting on 26-27 June 2014 in Brussels, issued its conclusions whereby it called further action to enhance training for practitioners. Conference Proceedings - International Conference of Visegrad Four Countries, 27 May 2014, Promoting International Training Cooperation in Visegrad Judicial Academies. EU Regulation 1382/2013 of 17 December 2013 of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, establishing a Justice Programme for the period 2014/2020, have granted EJTN an operating grant to finance its functioning and its annual portfolio of training activities for the full length of that working programme. In November 2013, Vice-President Reding delivered a speech at the European Parliament's workshop on "Legal training: an essential tool for European judicial excellence ". In its conclusions of 27 and 28 of October 2011 on European judicial training, the Justice and Home Affairs Council encouraged the national judicial training structures to share yearly, if possible through the EJTN, information with the Commission on available trainings on EU law and on the number of practitioners trained. On 13 September 2011, the European Commission agreed the Communication "Building trust in EU-wide Justice, a new dimension to European judicial training". In the Stockholm Programme Action Plan, the European judicial training was declared a priority. The European Parliament has also consistently underlined that proper judicial training contributes significantly to improving the operation of the internal market and making it easier for citizens to exercise their rights. In December 2009, the Council adopted the Stockholm Programme focusing on the issue of European judicial training for all legal professionals. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 provided a legal basis for activities relating to European judicial training. Its Articles 81 and 82 lists support for the training of the judiciary and judicial staff, amongst other measures, required to strengthen judicial cooperation in civil, commercial and criminal matters. In 2009, the European Parliament published a study on strengthening judicial training in the European Union (French). In 2008, the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States adopted a Resolution on the training of judges, prosecutors and judicial staff in the European Union. In 2006, the European Commission presented a communication to the European Parliament and the Council on judicial training in the European Union.