The European Union of Rechtspfleger (E.U.R.) was founded in 1967. The Union is a NGO (non-governmental organisation) enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe since 5 May 1971. The E.U.R. became an observer at the CEPEJ (European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice) in 2003.
The E.U.R. represents the profession of Rechtspfleger and comparable higher officials in Europe. Several non-European organizations joined the E.U.R. as associate members. The E.U.R.’s influence thus extends beyond Europe.
Rechtspfleger are high-ranking judicial officials to whom judicial tasks have been transferred. They perform these tasks independently and are personally liable.
The E.U.R. gathers professional organisations from the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden. The E.U.R. also has associate members in: Japan, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, South Korea and Tunisia.
The European Union of Rechtspfleger is politically and ideologically neutral.
According to its Statute, the E.U.R.’s main goals are: to participate in the creation, development and harmonisation of law at European and international level, to promote judicial cooperation in Europe and to improve the efficiency and the proximity of courts with the citizens.
In 2016, the European Union of Rechtspfleger published a White Paper for a Rechtspfleger/Greffier for Europe.