ENCJ adopts Rome Declaration at its 10th anniversary celebration PDF Print E-mail

The ENCJ General Assembly met 11-13 June in Rome to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The formal establishment of the network was done in Rome in May 2004. The 10th annniversary celebrations kicked-off with a reception at the Quirinale Palace hosted by the President of the Republic of Italy, Mr Napolitano, who is also the President of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura. All former Presidents of the ENCJ were also present and addressed the General Assembly.

The ENCJ Rome declaration was adopted. The Declaration states that in its first 10 years, the ENCJ has achieved its principal objective of improving cooperation and mutual confidence between the Councils for the Judiciary and the judiciaries of EU member states and candidate member states.  The ENCJ plays a crucial role in the maintenance of judicial independence, which is as much a central protection for the rights of citizens of Europe in 2014 as it was in 2004. Looking to the future, the ENCJ will continue to strive the improvement  of  timely and effective delivery of independent and high quality justice for the benefit of all the citizens of Europe by upholding the importance of independent Councils for the Judiciary, cooperating with the European Commission specifically in relation to the Justice Scoreboard and improving the independence and accountability of the judiciary across Europe.

New President and Executive Board elected PDF Print E-mail

On 11 June 2014 the General Assembly of the ENCJ elected the next President and the members of the Executive Board. 

Geoffrey Vos, member of the Judges´ Council of England and Wales was elected President for a term of 18 months, starting on 1 January 2015.

The following members were elected for a term of two years, taking immediate effect:

  • Conseil Supérieur de la Justice, Belgium
  • High Judicial Council, Bulgaria
  • National Judicial Council, Poland

The following members were elected for a term of one year, taking immediate effect, with the possibility to be re-elected:

  • Conseil Supérieur de la Justice, France
  • Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, Italy
  • Consiliul Superior al Magistraturii, Romania
  • Consejo General del Poder Judicial, Spain
10 th anniversary celebrations and ENCJ General Assembly in Rome PDF Print E-mail

The ENCJ will gather 11-13 June in Rome to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  The celebrations will be kicked-off with a reception in the Quirinale Palace hosted by the President of the Italian Republic, Mr Napolitano, who also presides the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura. Throughout the two days of the General Assembly the reports of the ENCJ projects will be presented, discussed and adopted. Furthermore the ENCJ 2014-2018 work plan will be discussed and a Rome Declaration will be adopted.  

Report on the state of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe PDF Print E-mail
The Council of Europe published its first report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. Part 2 of the report particularly deals with Justice and the Rule of Law, and identifies the following main challenges:
  • Executive interference in the functioning of the judiciary; 
  • Corruption within the judiciary;
  • Lack of public trust in the judiciary;
  • Excessive length of proceedings and
  • Chronic non-enforcement of judicial decisions

The main recommendations in this field include the introduction of effective measures to shorten the length of judicial proceedings and enforcing of court decisions, the strengthening of transparency within the judicial system and respect for judicial independence, the improvement of the quality of the training of judges and gender balance in the senior judiciary

Link to the report (English)

Link to the report (French)

2014 EU Justice Scoreboard PDF Print E-mail

On Monday 17 March the European Commission published the 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard. It brings together data concerning the efficiency, quality and independence of the Justice systems of the EU Member States. The ENCJ, through its members, has worked with the Commission on the 2014 EU Justice Scorebard by collecting information on the legal protection of judicial independence in Member States. Link to DG Justice website


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