Conference on Specialisation, 15 April 2016, Katowice, Poland

January 28th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Participation is free of charge. Participants are however asked to register by email: konferencja@oirp.katowice.pl

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

The conference programme can be downloaded here.

Entrepreneurship education and training

January 21st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Commission – Directorate General GROWTH – made public last December a webpage dedicated to the ‘Liberal Professions’.

The Commission’s webpage lists ‘Educational entrepreneurship’ amongst the main challenges that liberal professions are facing. The Action Lines on “Bolstering the Liberal Professions’* specify in this context, professionals must much more think and manage their businesses as entrepreneurs, for instance, they have to:

  • Understand the economics of their firm or enterprise as a business, their costs, profit margins and prices that enable them to run their business in a profitable way,
  • Become familiar with and be able to use marketing and sales instruments like market analysis, market segmentation, different advertising approaches and sales techniques,
  • Acquire and apply “soft skills” like human resources management and negotiation, selfmanagement, creativity and problem solving etc.
  • Acquire and apply of e-skills to use ICT to rationalise and / or modernise their businesses.”

According to the Action Lines, the European Commission, together with professional organisations and Member States, are invited to:

  • Examine how best to Support the integration of Entrepreneurship Education into the initial professional education and training of liberal professional,
  • Support the integration of Entrepreneurship Education into the continuing professional development (CPD) of liberal professionals,
  • Support the development of Common Professional Frameworks,
  • Support the use of the programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) for the professional training and development of liberal professionals.

The CCBE Recommendations on Training Outcomes for European Lawyers of 2007 already provide for lawyers to have “Knowledge relevant to the running of a law firm or an individual practice: application of practical elements, inter alia, in accountancy law, tax law, company law, social law, and insurance law.” The CCBE will look into what more could be done in this context.

* Please note that the Action Lines do not reflect the views of the European Commission. They were prepared by a working group which was set up by the European Commission three years ago. The CCBE participated in the works of this working group.

Implementation of the Professional Qualifications Directive

January 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Today, on 18 January 2016, the deadline for Member States to implement the Professional Qualifications Directive 2013/55/EU – which was adopted on 20 November 2013 – expires. Member States will have had to bring into line their laws, regulations and administrative provisions in order to comply with this Directive, which revises Directive 2005/36.

Article 55a of the Professional Qualifications Directive has been of particular concern and interest to the CCBE as it regulates the recognition of professional traineeships carried out in another Member State or in a third country. It provides that professional traineeships required for access to a regulated profession carried out in one Member State must be recognised by a relevant Competent Authority in another Member State. Member States may however “set a reasonable limit on the duration of the part of the professional traineeship which can be carried out abroad”. Furthermore, Article 55a asks competent authorities to “publish guidelines on the organisation and recognition of professional traineeships carried out in another Member State or in a third country, in particular on the role of the supervisor of the professional traineeship”.

The CCBE has started gathering some first information on the implementation of this Article; accordingly:

  • the duration of the traineeship, which may be carried out abroad, varies from 3 months (in the case of Germany) to 19 months (in the case of Austria); on average, the duration of foreign traineeships is between 6 and 12 months; in Finland, Latvia, Romania and England & Wales (solicitors), there is no explicit time restriction;
  • some countries already have guidelines on the organisation and recognition of professional traineeships in place (as they recognized foreign traineeships already before the Directive was adopted), others will be working on the guidelines. For example, the Bar Standards Board in England and Wales barristers published Guidelines in September 2013, which, contain detailed information on the role of the supervisor of the professional traineeship:

– To provide/organise induction for trainees;

– To establish and maintain regular contact with the trainee, ensuring his/her accessibility when advice is needed;

– To provide learning opportunities for the trainee;

– To provide timely, effective and constructive guidance, advice and feedback on the trainee’s work;

– To instil professional ethics and conduct, ensuring that the trainee is aware of the need to exercise probity and conduct him/herself according to ethical principles (and of the implications of misconduct);

– To ensure that compulsory courses are undertaken and passed;

– To act as mentor/advisor/counsellor to trainees (as well as supervisor);

– To perform appraisal of trainees (in addition to feedback) as appropriate in order to monitor the trainee’s overall progress;

– etc.

The CCBE will continue gathering information about the implementation of Article 55a and provide an update in the coming months.

More information on the Professional Qualifications Directive 2013/55/EU is available on DG Growth’s website.

Conference on the pros and cons of specialisation, 15 April 2016, Katowice, Poland

January 15th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia, Katowice

The Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Katowice will hold a conference on specialisation of lawyers on Friday, 15 April 2016 (10.00am to 5.00pm) at the premises of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesian University in Katowice.

Speakers from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands will discuss the situation in their countries in the morning session. In the afternoon, a panel discussion will focus on the pros and cons of introducing lawyers’ specialisation. Leaders of the Polish Bar of Legal Advisers are also interested to receive recommendations on how to introduce specialisation scheme step by step. For details, see the conference programme.

Simultaneous translation from and into Polish and English will be provided.

Participation is free of charge on a first come first served basis. The number of participants is limited to 95. Those interested to participate should send an email to: konferencja@oirp.katowice.pl.