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), the Barcelona's Antenna of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), is the Programme Management Unit of the "EuroMed Justice Programme".
The ECR was created in 1996. Its objectives are to promote regional cooperation within the EU and to ensure coherence in the implementation of Community policies at sub-national level; they are also to develop training programmes launched by the European Commission in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
Therefore, ECR objectives have an academic and practical component as a specialized and multi-skilled Centre and a regional and local dimension with its training activities addressed to:
- Regional and local public Administrations of the EU Member States;
- East European Countries, with special emphasis on areas of priority interest for the EU;
- The Euro-Mediterranean area; pursuant to the spirit of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and following a request of the Community Institutions and other bodies, to carry out some specific programmes for the Mediterranean Partners (MEDA countries).
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.
This training programme will last 3 years, between January 2005 and December 2007.
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
Seminar 1: International Judicial Cooperation: nature and standards ruling this cooperation
Seminar 2: Forms of inter-state cooperation: judicial mutual assistance, extradition, enforcement of foreign decisions
Seminar 3: Enforcement: implementing rules of constraint measures, enforcement authorities and enforcement of judgements
Seminar 4: Essential guarantees of the procedure and protection of the rights of the persons prosecuted
Seminar 5: New instruments of international judicial cooperation in criminal matters
Terrorism and interconnection of criminal networks
Seminar 1: Definition and criminal indictments. Transversal aspects of organised crime
Seminar 2: Terrorism:
- International and European Conventions and national law
- Reasons for excluding extradition, terrorism, political offences
- Judicial mutual assistance
Seminar 3: Criminal networks:
Fight against criminal organizations
Diversification of the networks' activities
Income and financial benefits of third parties
Complexity of law enforcement
Intelligence and evidence
Use of information
Repression of organized crime
Seminar 4: Judicial strategies
International dimension of financial procedures; financial and economic criminality, in particular money laundering
Seminar 1: International standards for fighting money laundering, UN convention of 1988 against the Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. General indicators of money laundering.
Seminar 2: Exchange of non-judicial information and its procedural use. Launching the cooperation procedure
Seminar 3: Mechanisms and legal gaps for organizing opacity. Recycling capital from illegal origin
Seminar 4: Financial operations of money laundering
Link in space and time between money laundering and the main offence
Repression of financial operators
Forms of capital transfers, credit cards
Initiation to and training in cooperation and international judicial mutual assistance in civil matters
Seminar 1: Problems arising from mixed marriages. Protection of rights of non accompanied minors facing difficult situations
Seminar 2: Implications of dual nationality
Seminar 3: Implications of conflicts of law and conflicts of competence
Seminar 4: Exequatur of foreign judgements. Incompatibility of legislations.
Seminar 5: International judicial cooperation in the field of family law
Management and administration of justice: management of procedures; computerisation
Seminar 1: Judicial Systems (I)
Exchange of experience and judicial practices
Presentation of the history of judicial institutions, traditions and status of the legal professions
Search for common and fundamental values of justice
Core curriculum for judicial systems
Judicial structures and political systems
Seminar 2: Judicial Systems (II)
Judicial and administrative competence
Judicial systems and religious courts
Structure of courts and judicial staff, status.
Higher Councils of the judiciary
Seminar 3: Management and administration of justice
Management of judicial time and space
Computerization as a vector of change
Quality of justice
More modern and efficient justice
Access to justice and its legal obstacles
Financial and human means
Budgetary, IT and real state domains
Seminar 4: Training
Exchange of experience
Seminar 1: Justice and Commercial affairs