Access to Justice
Cooperation with judges programme
In 2006, the European Commission presented a Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on judicial training in the European Union.
2008 saw the adoption of a Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the training of judges, prosecutors and judicial staff in the European Union.
In 2009, the European Parliament published a study on strengthening judicial
training in the European Union, which is available through the link below.
The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 provides a legal basis for European judicial training activities. Articles 81 and 82 list "support for the training of the judiciary and judicial staff" as one of the measures required to strengthen judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, and in criminal matters.
In December 2009, the Council adopted the Stockholm Programme, focusing on issues of European judicial training for all legal professionals.
Recognising the need to reinforce the co-operation with the national judges, Environment Directorate-General launched in 2008 a special programme for this purpose. Click here for details.