DG Justice’s General criminal law and judicial training unit recently published the newly edited 2021 Report on European judicial training. This new version of the annual Report monitors the quantitative and qualitative objectives set by the European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024 (Communication ‘Ensuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024’.
A new section introduces some information regarding training of prison and probation officers on EU
Law. “Although the European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024 does not set a numerical objective for prison and probation officers, it acknowledges that prison and probation officers are concerned by EU law in some of their daily tasks and are therefore also in need of specialised training.”
A 2020 questionnaire allowed the Unit to state that, out of the different responding countries in which initial training exists,
In 2020, the EU (co-)funded European judicial training for around 28 000 justice professionals. The reported figures are, however, significantly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult to draw general conclusions or trends.
|“The report shows that modern training methods and training formats can be a successful tool to supplement traditional face-to-face training and to boost training for justice professionals on EU law. It also confirms that training should provide flexible responses to emerging and continuing training needs and help justice professionals face the challenges of the 21st century and the developments of EU law as referred to by the European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024.”
For the next years, the successful implementation of the European judicial training strategy will remain a key priority. The strategy sets new ambitious operational objectives tailored for the needs of each different justice professions to be reached yearly by 2024.
The Unit also encourages the network members to visit the European Training Platform, the search tool for justice professionals with information on training courses and training material on EU law. It comprises many new training materials and e-learning resources and has a new feature where one can register and be notified when new courses and training materials are uploaded.
Visit ‘European Commission Judicial Strategy‘ page to learn more about EPTA’s involvement in the European Judicial Training Expert Group.