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TOPIC : Action grants to support transnational projects to promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters

Topic identifier: JUST-JCOO-AG-2017
Publication date: 30 March 2017

Types of action: JUST-AG Justice Action Grant
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
11 May 2017
Deadline: 19 September 2017 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Justice programme 2014-2020
Work Programme Year: JUST-2017
Work Programme Part: JUST-2017
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  • 11 September 2017 11:39

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Topic Description
Scope:

1. Priorities

The main objective is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of the acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.

The priorities for 2017 are

Priority 1: Judicial cooperation in civil matters

a) to contribute to the correct implementation of, in particular, the following instruments:

  • the recast of the Brussels I Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012
  • the Insolvency Regulation for its impact on economic recovery (Regulation (EU) No 2015/848 on insolvency proceedings (recast), applicable from June 2017)
  • the European Account Preservation Order (Regulation (EU) No 655/2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters, applicable from January 2017)
  • the revised Small Claims Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 861/2007 establishing a European Small Claims Procedure, applicable from June 2017)
  • the applicable law instruments Rome I and Rome II Regulations, because of the need for monitoring of their implementation
  • family law instruments, because of the importance of the subjects dealt with for the daily life of EU citizens, notably:
    • Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession;
    • Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000
    • Council Regulation (EU) No 1259/2010 of 20 December 2010 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of the law applicable to divorce and legal separation
    • Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations
    • Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1103 of 24 June 2016 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes
    • Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1104 of 24 June 2016 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences of registered partnerships

b) raising awareness on the European Account Preservation Order Regulation, the revised Small Claims Regulation and the revised Insolvency Regulation as well as on the Union family law instruments, as they directly affect the daily lives of citizens.

c) raising awareness on Regulation (EU) No 606/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters, while taking into account Directive 2011/99/EU regarding protection orders in criminal matters, and the wider context of functioning of Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

Priority 2: Judicial cooperation in criminal matters

The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters.

a) Priority shall be given to the implementation and practical application of the following mutual recognition instruments:

  • Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA on the European arrest warrant
  • Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA on transfer of prisoners
  • Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA on probation and alternative sanctions
  • Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA on the European Supervision Order
  • Framework Decision 2005/214/JHA on financial penalties
  • Directive 2011/99 on the European Protection Order
  • Directive 2014/41/EU on the European Investigation Order in criminal matters.

A specific priority regarding any particular instrument(s) listed above may be given in the call for proposals.

b) Priority shall also be given to:

  • The efficient contribution to the European Agenda on Security as regards the judicial responses to terrorism, notably on countering terrorist financing and on reinforcing the prevention of radicalisation, especially in prisons;
  • Issues related to pre-trial detention, in particular raising awareness of case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in this field;
  • Work to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence (with the exception of e-Justice projects), in line with/complementing the ongoing work of the Commission on this topic;
  • The functioning of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties or other Treaties containing provisions on Mutual Legal Assistance with third States (e.g. EU-US MLA Agreement, Budapest Cybercrime Convention), in particular with respect to the exchange of electronic data and financial information
  • Preparatory work on the operational set-up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

Regarding proposals not in line with these priorities, they may still be awarded funding if applicants can justify this by the necessity to improve the implementation and application of the civil or criminal justice acquis on the basis of an evidence-based needs assessment, showing that more activities are required for the proper application of EU law in the field to be covered.

2. Description of the activities

This topic will cover the following activities:

  • analytical activities, such as data collection, surveys, research activities, etc;
  • mutual learning, identifying and exchange of best practices, development of working methods which may be transferable to other participating countries;
  • exchange and provision of information and development of information tools;
  • capacity building for professionals;
  • facilitating cooperation between competent authorities and agencies, legal practitioners and/or service providers (including multi-disciplinary networks at international, national, regional or local levels);
  • dissemination and awareness raising activities;
  • training activities can also be funded under this call, as long as they are of ancillary nature and not the main purpose of the project.

3. Expected results

  • increased capacity of national practitioners, authorities to address issues related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and to the application of the Union instruments on civil and civil procedural law and criminal law;
  • strengthened cooperation and exchange of information between competent national authorities in relation to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, including taking into account the relevant case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, CJEU;
  • improved knowledge on the legislation and administrative practices related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters;
  • harmonisation of the administrative practices in relation to the relevant legislation in different Member States;
  • reduced risks in lack of cooperation of judicial authorities;
  • the legal framework and regulations linked to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters are in line with EU acquis and relevant case-law of the CJEU;
  • national authorities responsible for judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters operate in cooperation and coordination with other responsible agencies and institutions across the EU;
  • prosecutors and judges for the proceedings related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters have further specialised knowledge and experience in respective fields;
  • acceleration of proceedings in relation to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters; less breaches of time-limits;
  • improved situation of persons subject to measures in the field of judicial cooperation in criminal matters; enhancement of their social rehabilitation and re-integrations;
  • increased awareness of policy makers related to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.
Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of eligible countries
     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions

    2.1 Admissibility requirements are described under point 1 of part C of the Guide for applicants.

    2.2 Eligibility of the applicant and the application:

    a) The applicants must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisation. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations.
    (b) The applications must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries;
    (b) The EU grant applied for cannot be lower than EUR 75 000.

  3. Selection criteria
    Selection criteria are described under point 4 of part C of the Guide for applicants.
     
  4. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Guide for applicants
    Detailed budget template to facilitate the planning of your project
    Standard proposal template
    Model grant agreement for mono-beneficiary grants
    Model grant agreement for multi-beneficiary grants
    Legal basis indicators
     
  5. Additional documents:

    Justice Programme – Annual work plan 2017

    Justice Programme legal basis
    EU Financial regulation

 

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