European Parliament: Workshop on ‘The Training of Judges and Legal Practitioners’

March 21st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The chair of the CCBE Training Committee, Pier Giovanni Traversa, will speak on this occasion on the training of lawyers.

The draft programme of the workshop is available here.

Obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the Internal Market

March 17th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 15 March 2017, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on ‘Obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the Internal Market’ (which can be downloaded here). Concerning professional qualifications and continuous professional development, it states that the Parliament:

17.  Is concerned about the difficulties encountered by petitioners in getting their professional qualifications recognised across Europe; calls for further standardisation of academic titles and continuous education diplomas by Member States, systemic use of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) to ensure better administrative cooperation and simpler and faster procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications and of continuous professional development requirements needed by qualified professionals planning to work in another Member State, avoiding any kind of discrimination, in line with the settled case-law of the Court of Justice, while respecting the requirements of the host country in full compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications;

2017 Justice Work Programme

March 15th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Commission has now published the 2017 Justice Work Programme (click here).

As mentioned on the Commission website and relevant documents:

The Commission will continue to support activities and actions developed by public authorities, universities, NGOs, and other organisations in the field of: Judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters; Judicial training; Access to justice, including rights of victims of crime, and rights of the defence; Drugs initiatives.

As in the previous years, significant resources will be devoted to the training of judges, prosecutors and other legal practitioners on civil and criminal law instruments. Training is key for the correct application of the already adopted instruments and building bridges between different justice systems. [See page 17 and following.]

2017 calls for proposals for operating and action grants are expected to be published by the end of March 2017 on the Participant Portal.

Concerns about getting professional qualifications recognised across Europe

March 9th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The European Parliament Committee on Petitions will put a ‘Motion for a resolution on obstacles to EU citizens’ freedom to move and work in the internal market‘ to the next Plenary Session which will take place on 13-16 March 2017.

Amongst others, the Motion states that the Parliament:

17.  Is concerned about the difficulties encountered by petitioners in getting their professional qualifications recognised across Europe; calls for further standardisation of academic titles and continuous education diplomas by Member States, systemic use of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) to ensure better administrative cooperation and simpler and faster procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications and of continuous professional development requirements needed by qualified professionals planning to work in another Member State, avoiding any kind of discrimination, in line with the settled case-law of the Court of Justice, while respecting the requirements of the host country in full compliance with Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications;

An agenda for the modernisation of higher education

March 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Commission published on 28 February 2017 a Roadmap entitled ‘An agenda for the modernisation of higher eduation‘. The document can be downloaded here.

The Roadmap aims to inform stakeholders about the Commission’s work in order to allow them to provide feedback and to participate effectively in future consultation activities.

The Roadmap states that “Europe’s higher education systems are not contributing as well as they should to the EU’s economic development and social cohesion.” Amongst the three challenges to be tackled in the future figures: Higher education in Europe is not equipping enough people with the right skills for modern society. Too few graduates are leaving higher education with skills in fields where there is high demand (like computing, where there are significant skills shortages) and too many are leaving with poor basic skills and limited soft skills relevant for work and life in a modern democratic society (critical thinking, problem-solving, communication etc.)”

The Commission is planning to publish a Communication in the second quarter 2017 which will outline how the Commission believes the three main problems.

Cross Border Continuing Professional Development

March 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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On the ocassion of last week’s meetings in Vienna, 40 Bars and Law Societies signed the CCBE Memorandum on Mutual Recognition of Lawyers’ Cross Border Continuing Professional Development. Please click here to access the Memorandum in English and French and the list of signatory Bars and Law Societies.

The aim of the Memorandum is to promote and facilitate the free movement of lawyers within CCBE member countries where Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is mandatory or recommended. The MOU does not suggest any change to existing CPD standards of quality. By signing the Memorandum, the signatory Bars and Law Societies have agreed that: The number of CPD course hours attended or CPD credits of the training courses obtained by lawyers enrolled in a Bar or Law Society of a member country, should be considered in their signatory jurisdiction of origin to help fulfil their requirements of CPD obligations, in accordance with national, regional or local rules or regulations and without prejudice to each national, regional or local evaluation system.”

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Signatory Bars and Law Societies

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).

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

January 26th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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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

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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.”

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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.

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