2017 EU Justice Scoreboard PDF Print E-mail

The European Commissioner for Justice and Consumers Ms. Vera Jourova presented the 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard on Monday 10th April. eu_justice_scoreboard_2017

According to the Commission this 5th edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard confirms that effective justice systems are essential to build trust in a business and investment-friendly environment in the single market. Ms Jourova therefore encourages Member States to ensure that any justice reform respects the rule of law and judicial independence as this is key for citizens and businesses to fully enjoy their rights. An independent and well-functioning justice system is a fundamental pillar of every democracy.

As with previous editions the ENCJ and its Members collaborated with the European Commission on the Scorebaord specificially in the chapter dealing with Judicial Independence.

 
ENCJ Digital Justice Seminar, Amsterdam PDF Print E-mail

On 31st March the ENCJ organised a Digital Justice Seminar in the District Court of Amsterdam. The aim of the meeting was to identify the role and position of Councils and/or the Judiciaries in the Digital Justice Age. In many countries the judiciaries are not, or not sufficiently involved in the development of new e-justice applications. Participants will explore what the position of the judiciary is, or should be, in the whole digitisation process. The seminar also served to identify the ENCJ Strategy in this field. 

The programme was organised around discussions on 4 themes:

1. Access to Justice in a Digital Age - presentation Merit Kolvart, Ministry of Justice Estonia
2. Big Data - presentation Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University
3. IT systems: from being supportive to running the system
4. European e-Justice Strategy digital_justice_amsterdam

Report with findings and conclusions of the seminar.

 
Statement by the Executive Board on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome PDF Print E-mail

Brussels, 25th March 2017

On the day that the European Union is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, the ENCJ, which unites the Councils for the Judiciary and similar autonomous bodies from the EU Members States, would like to reiterate the following:

The rule of law is at the core of the European Union. It is one of the fundamental values upon which the EU is founded, together with democracy and fundamental rights. These common values have been debated and settled in legislations and laws, enabling peaceful cooperation for the last 60 years. Respect for the rule of law is a prerequisite for the protection of all fundamental values listed in the Treaties, including democracy and fundamental rights.

To uphold and protect the rule of law is a responsibility for both the judiciary and other state powers. The ENCJ calls on the Member States to respect fair and impartial courts, as the key institutions of an independent judiciary.

For the effective implementation of the rule of law, independent and accountable justice systems are needed. The ENCJ strongly believes that today the network is of vital importance to the further development of judiciaries in Europe. The ENCJ will continue its efforts to promote effective judicial systems in terms of efficiency, quality, independence and accountability for the benefit of all.

 
Visit to the Fundamental Rights Agency PDF Print E-mail

On 17th March the President of the ENCJ, Nuria Díaz Abad and the director of the ENCJ Office Monique van der Goes, had a meeting with the Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union Michael O´Flaherty and Jonas Grimheden of the Freedom and Justice Department.  

The aim of the meeting was to search for synergies between the work of the two organsiations and to discuss possible co-operation. Areas for cooperation identified during the meeting were; theRule of Law, raising public awareness for fundamental rights including access to justice and enhancing the participation of the judiciary in the bi-annual Fundamental Rights Forum organised by the FRA.  fra

 
Meeting with European Commission First Vice-President Timmermans on the Rule of Law in Poland PDF Print E-mail
On the 9th of March the Presidents of the ENCJ, the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the EU, and the Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (ACA-Europe)were invited for a meeting with the vice-President of the European Commission Mr Frans Timmermans.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the situation in Poland with regard to the Rule of Law. The networks expressed their solidarity with the Polish judicial authorities and offered their support to the European Commission in its efforts to uphold the Rule of Law  and promote fair and impartial courts for the benefit of all.
On the 9th of March the Presidents of the ENCJ, the Network of Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the EU and the Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (ACA-Europe) were invited for a meeting with the First Vice-President of the European Commission Mr Frans Timmermans.  The aim of the meeting was to discuss the situation in Poland with regard to the Rule of Law. The networks expressed their solidarity with the Polish judicial authorities and offered their support to the European Commission in its efforts to uphold the Rule of Law  and promote fair and impartial courts for the benefit of all.
 


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