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No 10 (December 97/Décembre 97/Dezember 97)
Important progress has been made on achieving widespread and correct application of Community law throughout the European Union. The Internal Market Council of 27 November reached a political agreement on a Common Position on the proposal establishing the Robert Schuman Project. The programme, a modest but targeted and ambitious initiative, aims at improving the awareness of Community rules among judges and lawyers. This represents an important step forward towards a fully-functioning Internal Market, the legal principles of which should be widely understood and applied.
On 24 October, the European Parliament had already expressed strong support for the proposal and underlined the benefits of the Robert Schuman Project for European citizens, consumers and enterprises.
The Robert Schuman Project functions as a partnership between the Community and organisations responsible for the training of judges and lawyers. Financial support is granted to these bodies for practical and high-quality initiatives in the field of vocational training or information.
Following a very successful Pilot Phase earlier this year, a new selection process has just been launched for projects to be undertaken in the second half of 1998.
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