EIPA’s Centre in Barcelona is the Programme Office for the EuroMed Justice IV Programme (2016-2019) funded by the EU under the European Neighbourhood (South) Instrument. EIPA is the main partner of the project consortium led by FIIAPP.
The overall objective of the EuroMed Justice IV project funded by the European Union is to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of effective, efficient and democratic justice system respectful and protective of human rights by the strengthening of the rule of law and continuously progressing towards the alignment to international legal frameworks, principles and standards. This project of regional scope is addressed to the European Neighbourhood South Partner Countries (ENI SPC). Overall, the EuroMed Justice IV project seeks to consolidate and further develop the achievements of EuroMed Justice I, II and III.
South partner countries
The South partner countries are the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Israel, the Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Kingdom of Morocco, Palestine and the Republic of Tunisia. The Syrian Arab Republic’s participation is suspended by decision of the EU.
The EuroMed Justice IV project will more particularly address issues related to the themes of:
1. Effective independence of justice and access to justice services, and
2. Regional cooperation on private and criminal law.
The project is managed by a consortium led by the Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Publicas – FIIAPP (Spain). The other consortium members are: the Center for International Legal Cooperation – CILC (the Netherlands), the European Institute of Public Administration – EIPA (the Netherlands), and Justice Coopération Internationale – JCI (France).
For more information please visit the website: http://euromed-justice.eu
Since 2002 EIPA’s Centre in Barcelona was the Programme Management Unit for five EuroMed projects funded by the EU which were implemented by a consortium led by EIPA. Below you find more information per project.
EuroMed Justice III Project
The EuroMed Justice III project (2011-2015) will in particular address issues related to the themes of Access to justice and legal aid, Resolution of cross-border family conflicts and Criminal and penitentiary law.
The project activities consist in carrying out Working Groups and Training sessions and in organising Study visits covering the 3 components of the project. Research Reports, Handbooks and Training Modules will also be produced during the project lifecycle.
This project will be implemented by a consortium led by the EIPA and composed of FIIAPP (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas), IRZ (Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Rechtliche Zusammenarbeit) and SOFRECO (Société Française de Réalisation d´Etudes et de Conseil). EIPA’s Centre in Barcelona will function as the Programme Management Unit for the EuroMed Justice III Project.
The beneficiaries of this project are the ENPI South countries and territories: the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Israel, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, the Syrian Arab Republic (formally part of the project even if there is a partial and temporary suspension of the EuroMed Justice III project in terms of Syrian participation), the Republic of Tunisia and Libya, as new ENPI South Beneficiary Country of the Project.
For more information please visit the website: http://euromed-justice.eu
EuroMed Justice II Project
EIPA’s Centre in Barcelona (formerly called European Centre for the Regions), is the Programme Management Unit for the EuroMed Justice II Project (2008-2011). The beneficiaries of this project are 9 Mediterranean Partners (MP): Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Tunisia.
The overall objective is to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation on justice. The modernization of the judicial system underpinning the principles of judges´ independence and the consolidation of MP, both being priority areas to all of them. Another objective of the project is to develop networks.
The project is structured around three different components:
Access to justice and legal aid: to remove obstacles to access to justice and legal aid, and to the due enforcement of delivered ruling.
Resolution of cross-border family conflicts: their significance, their number and impact on the less protected groups.
Transposition of international conventions on criminal and prison law.
For more information please visit the website: http://euromed-justiceII.eu
EuroMed Justice I Project
In December 2004 a contract was signed with the EuropeAid Cooperation Office of the European Commission (EC) according to which the European Centre for the Regions (ECR), EIPA’s Centre in the Barcelona, is the Programme Management Unit of the ‘EuroMed Justice Programme’. This training programme will last 3 years, between January 2005 and December 2007.
The EuroMed Justice Programme is entirely funded by the EC MEDA Programme and falls under Chapter 1 of the Barcelona Declaration: the Political and Security chapter. Its aim is to set up an inter-professional community of Judges, Magistrates, Public Prosecutors, Lawyers and Court Registrars at the service of an open and modern justice reinforcing the rule of law and the effective pursuing of human rights.
The MEDA countries
All the MEDA countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey) will participate in the seminars with a delegation comprised of 2 legal professionals, generally magistrates and/or public prosecutors.
- Initiation to and training in cooperation and international judicial mutual assistance in criminal matters.
- Terrorism and interconnection of criminal networks.
- International dimension of financial procedures; financial and economic criminality, in particular money laundering.
- Initiation to and training in cooperation and international judicial mutual assistance in civil matters.
- Management and administration of justice: management of procedures; computerisation.
- Justice and Commercial affairs.
EuroMed Training of Public Administrations
This is a regional training and consultancy programme on Public Administration for the Mediterranean Partners. The programme is the extension of an initiative of the European Commission starting in 2000 which resulted in the holding of a Conference organised by EIPA’s Centre in Barcelona (formerly called European Centre for the Regions) on 7 and 8 February 2000 entitled the ‘Meeting of the Representatives of the Public Administrations of the Euro-Mediterranean Partners in the Framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’.
This programme comes under Chapter II of the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995 and aims to provide training on European affairs to Civil Servants from the Southern Mediterranean and the Middle East, while also envisaging the creation of a network of training centres in public administration between the Euro-Mediterranean Partners.
This programme, which runs between January 2004 and December 2009, is aimed at the 10 Mediterranean Partners and is also open to the 27 EU Member States and the Candidate Countries. It consists of 4 modules:
- Basic EU knowledge
- In-depth EU knowledge
- Management of Community Programmes
- Actions to train trainers
EuroMed Market Programme
This is a regional programme for the Promotion of the Euro-Mediterranean Market Instruments and Mechanisms. This programme of the European Commission (EC) for industrial cooperation, aimed at all 37 Euro-Mediterranean Partners (27 EU Member States + 10 Mediterranean Partners), with a total duration of 7 years (May 2002 – May 2009), falls under component 2 of the Barcelona Declaration of November 1995, pursuing the establishment of a Free-Trade Area by the year 2010 in the Mediterranean Region. Within this regional programme, a series of 8 priority fields pertaining to the Single Market have been identified:
- Free Movement of Goods Customs
- Taxation and Rules of Origin
- Public Procurement
- Financial Services
- Intellectual Property Rights
- Protection of Personal Data and e-Commerce
- Auditing and Accounting
- Competition Rules