A conference – debate was held at the Council of Europe on the occasion of the World Day of Non – Governmental (International) Organizations.
Anna RURKA, President of the Conference of INGOs, opened this conference, which focused on “the contribution of (I)NGOs to the work and mandate of the Council of Europe”.
Both representatives of the Committee of Ministers and the Secretariat of the Council of Europe stressed the crucial role of the INGOs, representing civil society, who provide indispensable assistance to the work and missions of the Council of Europe.
Several INGO speakers at the Council of Europe illustrated this work, which was sometimes done at the cost of great difficulties or even reprisals in their country.
The comments and suggestions made during this debate will be forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for a conference to take place in Warsaw on 27 March 2019. The latter had already made a recommendation on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of the space devoted to civil society in Europe (CM / Rec (2018) 11).
You will find under the following link a short speech by Mrs RURKA on this day: short statement.
Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR.
The meeting was chaired by Georg STAWA (Austria), President of the CEPEJ, who was completing his four-year term. The CEPEJ thanked him for his decisive action in developing the commission and giving it a leading role in the debate on the functioning of judicial systems in Europe and beyond.
The year 2018 was particularly dense for the CEPEJ in the light of the texts adopted and the publication in October 2018 of the report on “European Judicial Systems – 2018 Edition” which has had wide echoes both among public authorities and professionals of justice than media.
Continue reading 3 – 4 December 2018, Counci l of Europe, Strasbourg: 31st CEPEJ Plenary Meeting
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the Council of Europe’s Directorate General for Democracy and the President of the INGO Conference organised a conference and a debate on Democracy & “the People”. This event aimed at expressing the value of our democratic institutions based on the individual human rights, civil participation to public decision-making and the rule of law.
Discussions started with a speech by Yascha Mounk, author of The People vs. Democracy. Faced with the rise of populism in numerous European States, citizens and civil society organisations must organise themselves to defend the values of democracy.
Several speakers presented examples of initiatives such as “assemblies of citizens” that allowed for a more active participation of citizens. Representatives from the Council of Europe spoke about the tools that the Council provides to make democracy more participative (Lignes directrices pour une participation de la société civile aux décisions politiques ; Compétences pour une culture de la démocratie ; Les 12 principes de bonne gouvernance).
Finally, the President of the INGO Conference stressed the necessity for INGOs to think on how to better communicate with citizens.
Jean-Jacques Kuster represented the EUR at that conference.
In European courts there is a place, alongside judges and prosecutors, for a jurisdictional body that renders decisions independently in areas that do not require the intervention of a judge or prosecutor.
Inspired by the German and Austrian models, the Greffier/Rechtspfleger for Europe, is an independent judicial organ, anchored in the constitutional order and performing the functions assigned to it by law. Continue reading Brussels, 15-16 March 2018: presentation of the Greffier/Rechtspfleger for Europe to the European Economic and Social Committee
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on the Quality of Justice held its 23rd meeting in Strasbourg on 14 and 15 March 2018 to discuss various issues including Continue reading Strasbourg, 14-15 March 2018: the EUR participates to the CEPEJ Working Group on the Quality of Justice
On March 20, 2017, Vivien Whyte was received by Ms Niovi Ringou, Deputy Head of the Justice Policy and Rule of Law Unit at the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission. During this interview, Vivien Whyte presented the context and content of the White Paper and answered many questions about non-judge staff in Europe. Continue reading Presentation of the White Paper to the European Commission
On 16 March 2017, EUR Secretary General Franck le Guern was auditioned by Mr Philippe Bas, chairman of the Law Committee of the French Senate. The interview, common to the French trade unions, focused on two questions: How to improve the organization and functioning of the French courts and how to refocus the judge on his office. Franck le Guern presented the White Paper, which specifically addresses these questions to Chairman Bas.
March 10, 2017, Heidi Hell, former Secretary General and Honorary Member of the EUR was invited by the Europa Union Deutschland to speak at the conference organized by the Rosenheim section on “Justice in Europe: The Role of the Rechtspfleger”. It was noted, in particular, that access to justice depended mainly on the level of the officers of the courts or on their functions. In the cases of land registry, inheritance or forced auction sale, the Rechtspfleger must be able to decide objectively, independently and without instructions from anyone.
Michel CRAMET attended the meeting of the SATURN working group of the CEPEJ on 2 and 3 March 2017.
Several issues were discussed in relation to the updating of the SATURN guidelines on the management of judicial time. The management tools developed by the CEPEJ are now implemented with the support of experts from the various working groups, including those of SATURN. They are intended to encourage the courts to analyse their time-limits on procedures to improve them and thus to respond to the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the criterion of reasonable time. Continue reading 2-3 March 2017, Meeting of the CEPEJ SATURN Working Group in Strasbourg
The project “Training Court Staff and Bailiffs in European Law”, co-financed by the European Commission, started in September 2015 and was implemented by a consortium (France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg).
The objectives of the project are to improve the training of court officials and judicial officers in European Union (EU) law and civil, criminal and commercial cross-border procedures, to develop techniques for resolving cross-border problems and to strengthen collaboration between the respective training institutes. Continue reading 23-24 February 2017, Closing Conference of the European Project: “Training Court Staff and Bailiffs in European Law”, Lisbon, Portugal