2018 Call for Proposals for Erasmus+

October 25th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Commission press release, 25 October 2017

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The European Commission today published its 2018 Call for Proposals for Erasmus+, the European Union’s programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

In total, €2.7 billion in funding are expected to be available from Erasmus+ in 2018 to:

  • promote mobility opportunities for young people, students, trainees, apprentices and international volunteers, as well as for teachers, trainers and youth workers;
  • create or improve partnerships between education, training and youth organisations and with the world of work;
  • support dialogue and evidence-building needed to deliver reform in education, training and youth systems;
  • promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European studies through the Jean Monnet activities; and
  • support transnational projects in the field of sport, with a focus on grassroots sport.

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You can read the full European Commission press release here.

Bars and Law Societies might apply for funding (depending on the training rules / structures in place at a national level). See for more information, the post of October 2015.

Parliamentary question on Erasmus for lawyers & Commission reply

September 28th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Question, Nikos Androulakis (S&D), 8 June 2017

The Athens Association of Trainees and Young Lawyers recently unveiled a proposal for cooperation between the Greek bar associations and those of the other Member States. Under the proposal, trainee lawyers could practise in law firms and offices of another Member State from that where they obtained their degree, which would have multiple benefits for beneficiaries.

It would enable them to enrich their knowledge and acquire experience from different legal systems and, at the same time, it would create the right conditions for the exchange of best practices in the areas of application of European Union law and approximation of national legislations.

— Can such a scheme be funded through Erasmus+ or other financial tools?

— Is the Commission aware of other similar schemes for lawyers that are applied in other Member States?

— How could the Commission contribute to setting up the initiative?

Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission, 17 August 2017

In higher education, the Erasmus+ Programme offers students and staff transnational mobility to study, teach or carry out traineeships (work placements) abroad. The scheme is open to all higher education students. Traineeships abroad at a workplace are also open to graduates within 12 months after graduation. All this also applies to law students and graduates.

According to the EU definition of Small and Medium-size Enterprises, self-employed professionals, like lawyers are considered entrepreneurs, thus young lawyer exchange schemes might be also covered by Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. This cross-border exchange programme offers exchange of knowledge and experience and networking opportunities across Europe. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay, partially funded by the EU.

Under the 2016 call for proposals for action grants to support European judicial training of the Justice Programme, the Commission awarded a grant to the European Lawyers Foundation (in cooperation with the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and national bars).

The MULTILAW project aims at setting up a multilateral exchange of 75 young lawyers with up to 5 years professional experience from Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Romania and France over a period of two weeks, as an experiment for future exchanges. This project will help to increase the knowledge of EC law and share experience and best practices between lawyers practicing in different Member States.

The Commission is not aware of other similar schemes for lawyers applied in other Member States.

Given the scope of the opportunities offered by existing EU initiatives, the Commission does not intend to set up an additional scheme.

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.

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).

2017 Call for Proposals for Erasmus+

October 21st, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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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+’.

Action grants to support European judicial training

June 27th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

Erasmus+ call for proposals 2016

October 26th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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’.

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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.

Barcelona Bar Association project funded by Erasmus+

October 14th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

ICAB_logoIn 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.

Erasmus Exchange for Young Entrepreneurs

October 7th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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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.

6 weeks to submit proposals to receive European Commission Grants.

September 29th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

LettreOn 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.