Parliamentary question on Erasmus for lawyers & Commission reply

September 28th, 2017 § 0 comments

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.

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