The Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union and the European Councils for the Judiciary resolutely condemn the severe breach of the international law and aggressive act of war committed by the Russian Federation against the Ukraine. They appeal for a return to civil forms of debate that respect international law, human rights and the principles of democracy and the rule of law. The Networks express their utmost concern for the people of Ukraine and their solidarity with the Ukrainian people and their judiciary.
The European Network of Councils for the Judiciary condemns the military invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. We are deeply shocked by the violence and regret the loss of lives, the casualties and people having to seek refuge outside Ukraine. The ENCJ expresses its unwavering support and solidarity to Ukraine and its people.
The European Commission has invited the ENCJ to contribute to the 2022 European Commission Rule of law report.
ENCJ's contribution (for the ENCJ contribution, click here) is amongst other based on the information collected from ENCJ Members', the ENCJ general statements, actions and letters.
On 20 December 2021, the ENCJ Board endorsed the joint statement of the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union (NPSJC), the European Association of Judges (EAJ), the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe) and the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) on the judicial Independence in reference to the situation in Afghanistan.
The ENCJ General Assembly adopted the Compendium on Councils for the Judiciary on 29 October. The compendium is a summary of the statements, declarations and reports that the ENCJ has adopted on Councils for the Judiciary since its establishment in 2004 with some new standards and recommendations added.
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Upon the decision of the Executive Board, the ENCJ convenes an Extraordinary General Assembly on 28-29 October 2021 in Vilnius to vote on the Polish Judicial National Council/Krajowa Rada Sadownictwa expulsion from the Association. On 27 May 2020 the Executive Board of the ENCJ already proposed to the ENCJ General Assembly to convene as soon as possible as the Covid-19 pandemic would allow it, that the KRS be expelled.
The Executive Board of the ENCJ is following with great concern the recent developments in Afghanistan. The Board herewith expresses its firm endorsement for the recent call for international support in Afghanistan by the International Association of Judges (IAJ). The Board would like to emphasise the difficult situation of women judges who have expressed genuine fear in an uncertain and evolving situation.
Brussels, 18 August 2021.
On 20 July 2021, the European Commission published its 2021 Rule of Law report - an annual assessment of both positive and negative significant developments concerning the Rule of Law in EU Member States, covering areas including the fight against corruption, the independence of the judiciary and media freedom.