As part of the Justice program of the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission, the Academy of European Law (ERA), in partnership with the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) and with the support of 23 training institutions from 19 EU Member States (for Austria, the Federal Ministry for the Constitution, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice) presented a pilot project for the training of European judicial officers in European law.
The Austrian organization VDRÖ, a member of the EUR, is involved in this project in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Justice.
EUR President Vivien Whyte presented on Monday in the presence of Mario Blödtner, president of the Union of German Rechtspfleger, the White Paper for a Rechtspfleger / Greffier for Europe (RGfE) to the German Federal Ministry of Justice.
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.
The German and French colleagues were able this year to discover two themes during this meeting. Violence against women and case introduction by the German Rechtspfleger (W. Kohler) on one hand, officials’ ethics in France (JJ Kuster) on the other. After the presentations and discussions, a more friendly part of the day allowed participants to discover the vineyard of Freiburg and taste the local wines and end up with a meal that allowed many exchanges on the respective professions.
At the time of globalization, the European unification process and information and communication technologies also impact the Rechtspfleger. The administration of justice is facing three main challenges: the international legal relations, international law and e-justice. The questions around these themes were treated by several high-level speakers and discussed in four workshops. A round table that brought together Birkert Eberhart, Director at the Ministry of Justice of Baden-Württemberg, Wolfgang Lämmer, President of the Bund Deutscher Rechtspfleger, Judith Skudelny, General Secretary of the FDP party, Jean-Jacques Kuster, President of the EUR, and hosted by Wolfgang Ernst-Mayer of the Bad Boll Academy, allowed to discuss “Europe, State of law”. The EUR evoked its White Paper project for the profession of Clerk / Rechtspfleger of the future that is part of the harmonization of the profession in Europe for the benefit of citizens and to improve the functioning of the courts.