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).
On 20 October 2016, the European Commission published its 2017 Call for Proposals for Erasmus+. Funds – which have increased by almost €300 million compared to 2016 – are available for education, training, youth and sport projects. As in 2016, priority will be given to projects promoting social inclusion. More information on how to apply is available in the Guide, the opportunities pages, the National Agencies, and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.
See also CCBE post of 14 October 2015 on ‘Barcelona Bar project funded by Erasmus+’.
The 2016 call for Action grants to support European Judicial Training was launched by the European Commision last week.
Description of the call – The aim of this call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights, by covering training needs’ gaps in these fields. The proposed training activities can also include the following topics: development of linguistic skills of legal practitioners; knowledge of the legal systems of the Member States; the use of the search tool of the European Case Law Identifier (ECLI) to identify foreign judicial decisions, notably in the context of the “acte clair” doctrine of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU).
The deadline for applying for an Action grant is 16 November 2016 17:00:00.
On 20 October 2015, the European Commission published the Erasmus + call for proposals 2016. One of the key objectives of Erasmus+ is to promote ‘Learning mobility of individuals’.
Bars and Law Societies may be able to receive funding under Erasmus+ for projects concerning trainee lawyers. As we have posted earlier this month, the Barcelona Bar, for instance, was awarded, in June, funding under the call for proposals 2015. The Barcelona Bar project will enable 10 trainee lawyers to gain experience and work in a foreign law firm for a period of two months.
We encourage those who wish to submit applications to check with their National Agency as to whether they are eligible. Eligibility will very much depend on the legal status of trainee lawyers at national level and of the training structure.
The Erasmus + call for proposals 2016 contains different deadlines (depending on the application’s focus). The deadline for Key action 1: ‘Mobility of individuals in the field of education and training’ is 2 February 2016.
In line with the Erasmus+ Key Action 1: ‘Learning mobility of individuals’, the Barcelona Bar Association was awarded, in June, ten mobility agreements for the 2015-2017 period. Barcelona Bar Association will carry out the project in cooperation with two public Law Faculties, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Foundation, both of which it has been working with for many years.
The project will enable 10 trainee lawyers to gain experience and work in a foreign law firm for a period of two months. Hosting countries will be: Czech Republic, Italy, France, the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands.
During their traineeship period, the trainee lawyers should acquire a basic knowledge of other European Union legal systems, practice and develop common skills and abilities for European lawyers, and improve foreign language skills. This last point is crucial as, increasingly, lawyers need to be able to operate in multicultural contexts. Since October 2014, Erasmus+ mobility participants can use Online Linguistic Support (OLS) to improve their language level.
In Spain, according to Law 34/2006 of 30 October on admission to the legal profession and its regulations approved by Royal Decree 775/2011 of 3 June, all lawyers must have a law degree and will be required to obtain additional educational training in order to be admitted to practice as a lawyer. This additional education is a Master’s Program in Legal Practice which last for 16 months, which includes a six month traineeship in a law firm. Trainee lawyers must also pass a state exam.
For further information you can visit the Barcelona Bar Website.
For further information on Erasmus+, see CCBE post of 21 September 2015.
The Erasmus Exchange for Young Entrepreneurs is a programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs. The programme is also open to lawyers and trainees, and benefits could include access to new legal markets and international collaboration with law firms. It is partially funded by the European Union.
The exchange can last between one and six months, with a possibility of dividing the stay into weekly slots.
Lawyers may participate as new entrepreneurs or host entrepreneurs. The former will have to be firmly planning to set up their own business or have already started one within the last three years. The latter must be the owner-manager of a small or medium firm for more than three years, or be directly involved in entrepreneurship at SME board level.To participate, new and host lawyers need to collect various application documents (such as CVs, letters of motivation and, when applicable, business plans), before applying online. Participants must build a relationship with their host or visiting entrepreneur prior to the start of the programme; for instance by discussing the work and learning project they wish to do.
Those who wish to participate in the programme should get in contact with the relevant local contact point.
Additional information about this exchange can be found here.
On 31 August, the European Commission published a call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law, fundamental rights and fight against terrorism and radicalization. The deadline for submitting projects is now only 6 weeks away, on 16 November 2015. New top priorities this year are radicalization and fight against terrorism. Exchange of lawyers can also be funded through this programme. More information about these action grants can be found here.
Bars and Law Societies might benefit from EU funding for mobility projects for trainee lawyers. In order to find out whether trainee lawyers of your country are eligible, please contact the relevant national agency of Erasmus +.