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The European Commission’s Communication on Judicial Training of 13 September 2011

The European Commission’s Communication on Judicial Training of 13 September 2011

Prof. Dr Marga Pröhl, Director-General of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), and Peter Goldschmidt, Director of EIPA’s European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, express their support to the European Commission’s Communication on Judicial Training, adopted on 13 September 2011.

EIPA has appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Expert Group, which the Commission consulted to prepare this Communication, and is pleased to see the degree to which EIPA’s recommendations have been considered in the Communication.

EIPA has over 30 years of experience in providing targeted training for the European judiciary. Given this experience, EIPA supports the need for a coherent approach to develop the European legal professions’ capacity to apply the European Union acquis with respect to judicial cooperation as well as substantive law.

The Communication also confirms that EIPA’s judicial training and capacity-building activities are at the forefront with respect to the content and objectives of these activities as well as the methodologies applied.

Indeed, EIPA continuously emphasises the importance of combining awareness-raising as well as the transfer of knowledge and practical know-how, with the exchange of experience and confidence-building among the European judiciaries.

With respect to learning methodologies, EIPA fully supports the European Commission in the importance of combining effective e-learning tools with face-to-face practical learning sessions, without which the abovementioned trust-building objectives could not be achieved. To this end, EIPA is developing and providing blended learning activities.

In this context, we are particularly pleased with the specific reference in the Communication to EIPA’s pilot project with DG Environment, which aims at developing: a) the national judiciaries’ capacity to apply EU environmental law; and b) an online training curriculum to be made freely available for legal practitioners and judicial trainers via the Commission’s E-Justice Portal.

Finally, EIPA welcomes the European Commission’s recognition of the limited financial and other dedicated resources available to organise the necessary training for the judiciary and private practicing lawyers, as well as its pledge to increase its financial support for the same. With its specialised staff, comprising both legal professionals and academics from across the EU, EIPA will increase its support to the national court authorities and judicial academies by being a pro-active partner, providing not only organisational support, but also substantive expertise in the topical areas to be covered by the learning activities.

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