Commission reaffirms its support for training legal professionals

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There are around 1.4 million legal practitioners in the European Union (notaries, judges, prosecutors, bailiffs, lawyers, etc.). In a 2011 communication on European judicial training, the European Commission set an ambitious target of enabling half of these legal practitioners to receive training in European law by 2020. The Commission thus intends to ensure legal practitioners are equipped to implement EU law and foster the sense of a common European judicial culture based on mutual trust.

Three years after this declaration of intent, during a conference organised by the Commission on training in EU law in Brussels on 26 and 27 June 2014, Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Justice Commissioner, made an  initial, favourable assessment of the efforts made by her services and also by the training institutes (such as the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), the Academy of European Law (ERA)) and professional organisations like the CNUE.

"Trust is not made by decree. It grows with knowledge. To date, we have already succeeded in training over 130.000 legal practitioners in EU law and this figure will continue to rise as 35% of the new EU Justice financial programme will be dedicated to judicial training. This is the best investment Europe can make to ensure the EU's single market and our area of justice deliver the most for citizens and businesses alike”, said Ms Reding.

Following a proposal by the European Parliament, the European Commission implemented a pilot project to gather best practices for organising, implementing and evaluating training for legal practitioners on EU law from across Europe. The results of these good practices for judges and prosecutors, and the state of play of training in EU law for lawyers and court staff were presented during the conference – in the following areas:

  • training needs assessment;
  • supporting the trainers;
  • methods of active participation;
  • tackling linguistic barriers in training;
  • e-learning;
  • organising decentralised training activities;
  • cross-border cooperation between training providers;
  • evaluation of training activities

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The CNUE also participated in this event, represented by Ms Cindy Fökehrer, coordinator of the CNUE’s ‘Notaries for Europe – Europe for Notaries’ training programme begun in 2013. This programme involved organising 14 seminars in 10 different countries, with the aim of training 2000 European notaries, in particular on the new regulation on international successions. The programme is now coming to an end and a closing conference is planned in Paris on 6 November 2014. On this occasion, a publication, produced in partnership with the Société de Législation Comparée, will be presented to the public then subsequently widely distributed. It will give an overview of the seminars and draw conclusions for the future.

For more details on the training programme of the Notaries of Europe: