Justice cooperation is a crucial component of European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plans.
The EU offers its neighbours a privileged relationship, building upon common values - democracy and human rights, rule of law, good governance, market economy principles and sustainable development. Developed in 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) aims to strengthen the prosperity, stability and security of countries in the region while avoiding the emergence of dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its new neighbours.
Recognising the potential of the ENP as an arena for cooperation with countries sharing EU borders, the Strategy for the External Dimension of Justice, Freedom and Security of 2005 identified the policy as a priority. This is why the action plans with individual countries have significant justice components.
Significant investments to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the judiciary were made. To strengthen regional cooperation in the field of justice, training schemes for judges, prosecutors, lawyers and senior police officers from partner countries have been put into practice.