EJTN’s 2021 General Assembly held online

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

EJTN’s 2021 General Assembly held online

  • EJTN’s 2021 General Assembly was held online under the Presidency of the Portuguese Centro de Estudos Judiciários.
  • EJTN General Assembly approved the integration of court staff training institutions from France, Malta, Portugal and Romania as Associate Members
  • General Assembly applauded the successful achievement of the Study on the Training Needs of Court Staff on EU Law in the EU

The 24th General Assembly of the European Judicial Training Network was held online on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th June 2021.

The regrettable prolongation of the pandemic situation constrained to convert this annual face-to-face gathering once again into an online format – this year with an even more ambitious programme. EJTN is very grateful to the Portuguese Centro de Estudos Judiciários for presiding the event and its continuous support.

The welcome was addresses by the Host and President of the General Assembly, Mr João Manuel da Silva Miguel, Director of the Centro de Estudos Judiciários of Portugal as well as by Judge Markus Brückner, Secretary General of the EJTN.

Over 110 participants to the General Assembly had the privilege to benefit of the greetings of distinguished keynote speakers from Mrs Francisca Van Dunem, Minister of Justice of Portugal and Mr Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice.

Following the speeches, the EJTN Secretary General reported on EJTN’s 2020 Activities and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, presented the amendments to the 2021 Work Programme and budget, and presented an ambitious Work Programme and budget for the year 2022.

Echoing the ambitions of EJTN’s Strategic Plan 2021 – 2027, the General Assembly approved the associate membership status and acknowledged with enthusiasm the integration of the entities from France, Malta, Portugal and Romania which are responsible at the national level of the training of the court staff. The General Assembly also approved the observer status of by the Ukrainian Prosecutor`s Training Center in replacement of the National Academy of Prosecutors.

EJTN Secretary General, Judge Markus Brückner, informed the audience on the state of play of the future Pilot Action on Judicial Training in the Western Balkans.  The outcomes of the joint EJTN/EIPA Study on the Training Needs of Court Staff on EU Law in the EU was presented by Raf Van Ransbeeck, Director of the Judicial Training Institute (Belgium), Jeremy Cooper, Clara Cotroneo and Gerd Sinding, Experts in Judicial Training.

The General Assembly elected Wiebke Dettmers and Alexander Pirker as internal auditors for a new three-years mandate.
The closing speeches were held by Judge Markus Brückner and Mr João Manuel da Silva Miguel which then marked the end of the 2021 General Assembly.

EJTN will proudly continue providing top-quality training and resources to Europe’s judiciary and delivering outstanding value and operational transparency for its Members, Observers and stakeholders.