Today the European Commission launched consultation on the future of European judicial training

February 1st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

On 1 February 2018 the European Commission launched consultation on Training of justice professionals on EU law.

This consultation is open to all citizens and stakeholders interested in the future of European judicial training. The replies will be taken into account when evaluating the 2011 European judicial training strategy and when designing the new European judicial training strategy for 2019-2025.

In 2011, the European Commission adopted a long-term strategy on European Judicial Training which sets specific objectives for the training of justice professionals to be reached by 2020.

European judicial training covers the training of justice professionals on all EU legislation, including EU judicial cooperation instruments as well as the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Union’s core values such as the rule of law.

The justice professionals are the practitioners involved in the justice system such as judges, prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs or enforcement officers, lawyers, notaries, mediators, legal interpreters and translators, court experts, prison management and staff, probation officers.

The questionnaire is accessible in English, French and German. Contributions may be submitted in any of the official EU languages. This public consultation is complemented by a targeted questionnaire addressed to the main stakeholders (EU-level training providers for justice professionals, EU-level representatives of justice professions and EU-level associations of justice professionals).

Consultation period: 1 February 2018 – 26 April 2018.

The Training Committee of the CCBE as usual will provide its contribution.

Report on European judicial training 2017

January 11th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

On December 14, 2017 during the CCBE Training conference the European Commission presented the Report on European Judicial Training 2017.

This is the sixth report on training for legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries) on EU law or on the national law of another Member State.

It is based on the results of a questionnaire sent in 2017 to Member States’ authorities, European networks of legal professionals (including the CCBE) and the main training providers at European level.

The report describes the progress towards the target set by the European Commission in 2011 (Communication “Building trust in EU-wide justice. A new dimension to European judicial training”) of ensuring that half of all legal practitioners in the EU are trained on EU law or on the national law of another Member State by 2020.

The discussion of the report will be organised during the CCBE Training Committee meeting on February 7, 2018 in Vienna.




Evaluation of the 2011-2020 European judicial training strategy

November 14th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 8 November 2017, the Commission has launched its evaluation of the 2011-2020 European judicial training strategy.

The evaluation should feed into the preparation of a new 2019-2025 strategy.

To that end, the Commission published two roadmaps:

The roadmaps, which set out the Commission’s plans, are open for comments until 6 December 2017.

An open publication consultation will be launched by the Commission later this year. The Commission will also organise next year a conference, expert group meetings and interviews which will feed into the evaluation process. The Commission hopes to publish a Communication in September 2018.

According to the roadmaps, new developments to be considered as part of the evaluation are:

– The situation in some Member States, but also in candidate and neighbouring countries, shows that ethics, rule of law and independence of the judiciary are an issue to be addressed, wherever necessary, and that one important priority is to improve and support judicial cooperation in criminal matters, in particular related to counter-terrorism and fighting cybercrime;

– Also training on skills and non-legal topics should be considered both to improve the efficiency of justice and mutual trust among the justice professionals;

– The inclusion of candidate countries, potential candidate countries who all prepare for membership as well as neighbouring countries who wish to model their systems to that of the EU should be considered;

– A reflection should take place on how to complement training activities with access to up-to-date learning material and make the best use of e-justice.

Interim Evaluation of the Justice Programme (2014-2020)

April 24th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The European Commission announced at the European Parliament workshop on 12 April 2017 that it will launch a public consultation in May to prepare a New Training Strategy. The aim is to find out more about particular needs of particular legal professionals. The Commission will also organise a conference in November which will bring together relevant stakeholders to consider ideas and strategies of all legal practitioners to feed into the New Training Strategy.

As part of this initiative, the European Commission has now published a roadmap which sets out in brief the way forward.

The roadmap indicates that the interim evaluation will cover the implementation period from 1 January 2014 until 30 June 2017, i.e. annual work programmes 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The main issues that will be taken into account by the evaluation are: a. effectiveness, b. efficiency, c. relevance, d. coherence/complementarity, e. EU added value, f. equity and g. scope for simplification.

The consultation strategy shall consist of the following:

• An online 12-week public consultation to be published on the “Your Voice In Europe” website. The questionnaire will be drafted in 24 EU official languages, also with a possibility to provide written input in any of the 24 EU official languages. A summary of the open consultation outcome will be published in English.

• Targeted consultation through an online survey: all applicants and beneficiaries, if necessary complemented with a targeted consultation through phone interviews for a sample of randomly selected applicants and beneficiaries representing different target groups.

• Targeted consultation through a questionnaire sent by email: Programme Committee members.

Planned start: Q 1 2017; Planned completion: Q 2 2018.

The roadmap can be downloaded here.

EP: Workshop on the training of judges and legal practitioners

April 18th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 12 April 2017, the Policy Department for Citizens Rights and Constitutional Affairs organised a workshop on “The training of judges and legal practitioners – ensuring the full application of EU law” for the European Parliament JURI and LIBE Committees.

Pier Giovanni Traversa, chair of the CCBE Training committee, participated for the CCBE. He reported on the role, mission and results achieved by the Training Committee in the ‎field of European Judicial Training (EJT) and the results of the two main EU financed projects: the European Training Platform and the joint CCBE EIPA study on the state of play of lawyers’ training in EU law. (For full information, please read the CCBE’s written contribution to the workshop – see below ‘Supporting documents/Compilation of in-depth analyses, pages 31-38).

Having regard to the need to bring together both institutional and private training providers (to discuss substantial and statistical issues concerning the training of lawyers), he announced that the CCBE will organise in December 2017 in Brussels a conference dedicated to the training of lawyers which will deal with a number of topics: the future of training, new training methods, training in EU law and support tools, cooperation amongst training providers. (The exact date of the conference still needs to be settled.)


Pier Giovanni Traversa

Supporting documents published on the Parliament’s website:

Click here to watch the recordings of the workshop.

Action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights

April 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


The European Commission published last week, on 30 March 2017, advance information on several calls for proposals for Action Grants under the Justice Work Programme 2017. (Regarding the Justice Work Programme, please see the post of 15 March 2017).

The objective is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law (including consumer law), criminal law and fundamental rights, to judicial ethics and the rule of law, by covering training needs’ gaps in these fields.

Funding will be provided to:

– tackle gaps in cross-border cooperation of training providers;

– tackle gaps in training on EU law for court staff and bailiffs by cross-border training activities on all areas of EU civil, criminal and fundamental rights law relevant for their judicial work;

– support the training of mainly judges, prosecutors, lawyers and notaries on EU civil, criminal and fundamental rights law, legal systems of the Member States, judicial ethics and the rule of law, knowledge of cross-border IT tools and linguistic skills of legal practitioners in areas with particular added value.

The calls will be opened on 15 June 2017. The deadline for applications will be 25 October 2017.

More information on the call for proposals are available here.

The CCBE will consider the proposals, jointly with the European Lawyers Foundation.

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

March 21st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink



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.

2017 Justice Work Programme

March 15th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


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.

European Judicial Training Report 2016

January 9th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink


Last December, the European Commission published its fifth report on training for legal practitioners. As far as lawyers are concerned, the Report notes, inter alia:

  • In 2015, more than 124 000 legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, lawyers, bailiffs and notaries) as well as trainees of these professional groups took part in training activities on EU law or on the national law of another Member State.
  • The ratio of practitioners participating in continuous training activities on EU law and on judicial systems of another Member State to all existing practitioners per profession is approximately: (…) 5 % (37 337) of all lawyers in private practice in the respondent Member States; (…)
  • The numbers regarding the training of lawyers per Member State often offer only a partial picture: private training providers not connected to the Bar seldom contributed with data, although in some Member States lawyers rely on them in significant numbers. Sometimes, data have been available only for certain regions of a Member State or a certain type of lawyer.
  • According to the available data, this target [5% = minimum needed per year to reach the 2020 target of training half of the practitioners on EU law] is currently reached only for a minority of Member States. 

The ‘Advice for Training Providers’, which was published by the European Commission last year, is now available in all EU languages, click here. The Advice contains a collection of practical tips with examples for all training providers that can be of help when conceiving and organizing their training activities.

European Judicial Training Report 2015 presented to the European Parliament

February 22nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink


Tiina Astola

On 17 February 2016, Tiina Astola, the new Director-General for Justice and Consumers, presented the European Judicial Training Report 2015 to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Civil Liberties Committees. She noted that the good trend of past years concerning training of legal practitioners has been maintained. The European Commission is confident that it will meet its objective of  training of 700,000 legal practitioners by 2020, and may even surpass it. As far as lawyers’ training is concerned data is still missing, specifically from private training providers. The Commission hopes that the European Training Platform will deliver an additional tool to facilitate and promote training in EU law. It will allow for practitioners to look for targeted training across Europe. The European Commission has started work on including the platform to the e-Justice portal. Ms Astola emphasised that the European Commission will continue to provide financial contributions to training activities (more funding will be made available in the coming years); that it will support the improvement of the quality of training (as it has done with the publication of the Advice for Training Providers) and highlights that quick reactions should be available to match emerging needs. Reinforcing training at initial training stage is also of importance.

The presentation and discussion with MEPs can be viewed here.

For further information on the European Judicial Training Report 2015 and the Advice for Training Providers, see posts of 2/3 November 2015.