SAVE THE DATE: HELP Network Conference 2017

February 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The HELP Network Conference will take place on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 2017 (at the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg). The theme of this year’s conference is: “HELP for Friendly Justice”. As with every year, the conference will allow for discussions among HELP members and partners on ways of enhancing training results and concrete implementation at the national level of the European Convention on Human Rights and on how to improve an effective co-operation among all national and international institutions. For more information, see Save-the-Date on HELP.

France: Report on the Future of the legal profession

February 8th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Report (in French) was prepared by Maître Kami HAERI and submitted to the French Ministry of Justice on 2 February 2017. The report contains recommendations for reforms in the lawyer’s profession in France, including initial and continuous training (see pages 122-124).

Moldova: Parliament abandoned reform re access to the Profession

January 31st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Please click here for more information.

Erasmus+ Annual Report for 2015

January 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

In 2015, Erasmus+ enabled 678,000 Europeans to study, train, work and volunteer abroad, more than ever before. In the same year, the EU invested €2.1 billion in over 19,600 projects involving 69,000 organisations. These are the main findings of the Erasmus+ Annual Report for 2015 published by the European Commission yesterday…..(see Commission press release, 26 January 2017).

Moldova: access to the legal profession

January 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The CCBE has addressed a letter of concern to the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova concerning a draft law which would allow, amongst others, “persons that hold or have held positions of members of the Parliament and who have acquired at least 10 years of experience in field of law” to become lawyers without having to sit the bar exam and without having to follow the otherwise mandatory traineeship for lawyers. The CCBE points out that: a) no other European country has such a provision, b) “a high standard of professional competence of lawyers is essential in the protection of the rule of law and the democratisation of a country” and c) “the practice of law requires very specific competences and skills” (see CCBE Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 2007). Find the letter here and the CCBE Training Outcomes here EN versionFR version).

Do you know that Training material is available on the e-Justice portal?

January 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


Training material on the following topics is ready for use by legal practitioners and/or training providers:

– EU law in general

– Civil law

– Criminal law

– Legislation against organised crime

– Human rights

– Rights of the child

– Non-discrimination

– Gender equality

– Administrative law

– Environmental law

– Intellectual property

– Training methodology

See also the European e-Justice portal.

2017 EU Citizenship Report

January 24th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The European Commission published today the 2017 EU Citizenship Report ‘Strengthening Citizens’ Rights in a Union of Democratic Change’.

The section on “Increasing opportunities for students, trainees, teachers and other workers” states, inter alia:

“The work done in 2016 to roll out the New Skills Agenda for Europe with the Members States will promote skills development and matching, and support better recognition of qualifications: this will contribute to removing obstacles for workers, students and trainees in the EU. Public consultations have suggested that Europeans consider that a platform hosting cross-border placements or offers for apprenticeships and trainees would further help young people looking for opportunities beyond (or prior to) employment. The mobility of teachers across borders can benefit learners and teachers alike, who could share good practices with their peers. Another way to benefit learners is to give them the opportunity to attend seminars with staff invited from companies from other countries. (…)

Professional qualifications is another area where modernised rules will increase opportunities for EU citizens. At least 21% of the labour force in the EU (50 million people) works in a regulated profession. Over 20,000 persons with a professional qualification from an EU Member State had their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country in 2014. In addition, professionals from five professions86 have since January 2016 been able to pursue their professions more freely in other EU countries thanks to the first EU-wide electronic procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications (European Professional Card). The card simplifies professional qualification recognition procedures in other EU countries.”

Press release



President Juncker at Annual Reception of the Academy of European Law

January 20th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

See speech of President Juncker at the Annual Reception of the Academy of European Law (ERA) on 19 January 2017.

EU: Maltese Presidency – Priorities on Education

January 17th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


Malta has officially taken over the EU’s rotating presidency on 1 January 2017.

Education is amongst the priorities of the Maltese Presidency:

“The Maltese Presidency will focus on the relevance of achieving a High Quality Education for all through ‘Inclusion in Diversity’ with a view to draw up Council conclusions on this theme. The quality and relevance of education should be linked to the requirements of the labour market and directed towards the provision of relevant skills, aptitudes and life-long values required to become active citizens. In this context, education systems should be more inclusive and capable of moving away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to one that is just, flexible, diversified and comprehensive. In this regard, focus will be placed on inclusiveness as a primary element for effective education mechanisms to ensure long-term effectiveness and quality retention, whilst concurrently taking into account the relevance, function and incorporation of digital skills.

The Maltese Presidency will also strive to make progress on the New Skills Agenda for Europe, the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning, and the Proposal for a Decision on Europass.”

Link: News Skills Agenda for Europe

HELP – Update

January 11th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


Last December, HELP published the 2nd edition of the e-Newsletter of the EU-CoE Programme “HELP in the 28”. The newsletter can be obtained here.

This year’s annual conference of HELP will take place on 29-20 June 2017. ‘HELP in the 28’ will also organise a European Seminar on Legal Training and Evaluation Methodology which will be held on 20-21 March 2017. More information on these events will follow as soon as available.

HELP website