European Judicial Training for Court Staff and Bailiffs
In its Europe 2020 policy, the European Commission fixed the target of having 700,000 legal practitioners undertaking European judicial training by 2020. These number of participants represent half or more of all legal practitioners in the EU. In response to this challenge, the new “European Judicial Training for Court Staff and Bailiffs” project funded within the scope of the EU Justice Programme 2014-2020 was launched in September 2015.
This 2½year-project will contribute to the ambitious goal set by the EC by improving and developing court staff and bailiffs training in EU law and cross-boarder procedures. In particular, it will aim at:
- Improving court staff & bailiff’s judicial training in EU law and cross-border procedure in civil, criminal and commercial law, via a series of common training courses as well as practical staff exchanges
- Developing legal linguistic skills of court staff & bailiffs, that are indispensable to the European exchanges, via a linguistic course and the design of a e-learning platform on English terminology and the translation in English of other modules dealing with cross-border issues
- Strengthening cooperation between training providers thanks to a major event, showcasing best practices developed within the project lifetime
- Creating a real European area of court staff & bailiffs training by favouring mutual recognition of judgements among Member States
With a budget of €489,884, the consortium composed of the National School for Clerks (Ecole Nationale des Greffes – ENG) (France) represented by its mandated body Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI), the Centre for Legal Studies (Centro de Estudios Jurídicos – CEJ) (Spain), the Judiciary Training Institute (Institut de Formation Judiciaire – IFJ) (Belgium), the Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice (Direção Geral da Administração da Justiça – DGAJ) (Portugal), the European Institute of Public Administration’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (EIPA) (Luxembourg), and the European Chamber of Judicial Officers/Bailiffs (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Scotland, Hungary, Poland) (CEHJ), will join forces in order to involve all training levels and training stakeholders and create a true EU area of justice.
Within the framework of these projects, EIPA organised a series of ReSPA training activities for 498 participants across the Western Balkans on a wide range of issues from policy formulation, drafting legislation, national coordination, administrative practice, to specific topics such as fighting corruption, communication with the EU and Public Private Partnerships. Nearly half of the training activities were delivered by EIPA experts. The remainder were delivered by schools and institutes of public administration of EU Member States under the management of EIPA. In the course of 2011-12, additionally to trainings, EIPA continued to provide management support to the school, including the secretariat function for the Governing Board.
As part of our recent activities in cooperation with ReSPA, EIPA developed in 2020 the first Seasonal School on EU Accession Negotiations. During the event EIPA’s experts delivered training sessions on accession negotiations and the legal and political dimensions of enlargement for civil servants from Albania and North Macedonia.
After the success of the Seasonal School on EU Accession Negotiations, EIPA aims to continue this collaboration with ReSPA, offering a sequence of trainings, which allows our partners to fully benefit from deepening and widening their knowledge and skills acquired.
Read more about ReSPA here.