Fundamental Rights Report 2017

May 30th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights has published today its ‘Fundamental Rights Report 2017’. The Agency notes, amongst others, that “courts, parliaments and governments continued to make only limited use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, but awareness of the need to train legal professionals on Charter-related issues appeared to be growing.” Section 1.3.2 deals specificaly with the ‘Training related to the Charter’. Accordingly, “2016 offers a more active picture. There appears to be an understanding that, the better legal practitioners are trained, the better the services they deliver. (…) Forty-five Charter-relevant training programmes in 22 EU Member States were reported for 2016. (…) About two thirds of the identified training events targeted legal practitioners.”

The full report can be downloaded here.

Law Society “abused dominant position” with CQS training monopoly, competition tribunal rules

May 29th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

“The Law Society abused its dominant position by requiring over 3,000 law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ruled”….continue to read here the full article published in legalfutures on 26 May 2017.

European Semester 2017: Commission issues country-specific recommendations

May 23rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


On 22 May 2017, the Commission presented the 2017 country-specific recommendations (CSRs). “Priorities vary across the EU but further efforts across the board are essential to achieve more inclusive, robust and sustainable growth.”, according to the Commission.

The country recommendations include information on education and training but on a more general level. Some country recommendations specifically concern the lawyer’s profession and its rules, including the rules on shareholding and company forms, multidisciplinary partnerhsips and reserved activities.

For more information see the press release and memo of the European Commission.

European Commission Annual Report on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

May 23rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The report – published on 18 May 2017 – outlines the initiatives taken in 2016 by the EU to strengthen fundamental rights in the EU. It also looks at how these rights were applied across a range of EU policies and in the Member States in 2016.

The accompanying Staff Working document states on ‘Article 14 — Right to education’ amongst others:

– Education policies are instrumental in addressing inequalities, fostering inclusion and tolerance, and promoting the common values of democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law.

– In June [2016], the Commission adopted a Communication on a “New Skills Agenda for Europe” which underlines the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness. It covers areas such as skills development, mutual recognition of qualifications, support for vocational education and training and higher education, and ways of exploring the full potential of the digital economy, in order to promote lifelong investment in people. It inter alia also proposes a ‘skills guarantee’ to further combat exclusion and inequality.

– The preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights published in March 2016 proposes a principle regarding skills, education and lifelong learning focused on the access to quality education and training throughout the life course and on the encouragement of skills upgrading.

For more information:

Press release

2016 Report on the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Staff working document accompanying the Report

Launch of the HELP course on Pre-trial investigation in Moldova…

May 5th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Commission refers Greece to the Court of Justice over restrictions on mediation services

May 4th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Press release of the European Commission of 27 April 2017:

Services: Commission refers GREECE to the Court of Justice over restrictions on mediation services

The European Commission has today decided to take Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU on the grounds that Greek legislation on providers of mediation training services and on the recognition of the professional qualifications of mediators obtained in other EU Member States is against EU law. Mediation is a process where two or more parties attempt to settle their dispute with the assistance of a mediator. In Greece, only non-profit companies set up by at least one Greek Bar association and one of the Greek Chambers are allowed to provide training to future mediators. The Commission considers that such requirements on legal form and shareholding structure are contrary to the freedom of establishment (Article 49 TFEU) as well as the Services Directive (Article 15 of Directive 2006/123/EC). The Commission also considers that in Greece, the recognition of mediator qualifications obtained in other EU Member States is subject to discriminatory and disproportionate conditions. These conditions are incompatible with the freedom of establishment (Article 49 TFEU), the free movement of workers (Article 45 TFEU) and the Directive on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications (Directive 2005/36/EC). Since Greece has not taken the necessary measures to bring its legislation in line with EU rules following the Commission’s reasoned opinion in February 2016, the Commission has decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU.

See April Infringements Package: Key Decisions


May 4th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The Dutch speaking Brussels Bar (NOAB), the Deutscher Anwaltverein (DAV) and the Centre for Professional Legal Education of the Radboud University, the Netherlands (CPO) jointly organise a Course of study of German law in 2017 and 2018. This course offers a unique chance to acquire indepth knowledge of German law on a variety of law topics such as contract law, insolvency law, employment law, tax law and company law. The different modules are taught by German attorneys and professors, who are all experts in their respective fields….(Please continue to read here: en-flyer, fr-flyer-docx, de-flyer, and nl-flyer.)