The project, entitled « A strong Belgian EJN for an optimal EU awareness of Belgian judges » submitted by the Belgian section of the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters(EJN-Belgium) in partnership with the Judicial Training Institute (IFJ) has been co-financed by the European Union’s « Justice » Programme established for the period 2014-2020. The « Justice » programme co-finances actions with European added-value that contribute to the further development of a European area of freedom, security and justice.
This project aims to strengthen the Belgian section of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters in order to increase the European awareness of legal practitioners, i.e. magistrates and judicial staff, by promoting a more efficient exchange of information on private international law and experiences of cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
This project is based in particular on establishing a structure composed of contact points within the lower courts. These people, who are called Euro-coordinators, are appointed by the heads of the courts from among the judges and/or registrars practising in their court. The description of the tasks required of the Eurocoordinators has been drawn up with their participation.
In addition, developing a database of relevant case law, organising training, providing legislation and cooperation tools, and creating a discussion platform are the main components of the project.
The completion of the project should make it easier to use and master the European instruments, with the aim of delivering quality decisions.
The project consists of linking practitioners together to share knowledge and experience and to form a support structure for the resolution of cases submitted to them.
The project should also enable practitioners from other Member States to find counterparts in Belgium who can guide them towards answers and solutions to the cross-border cases they deal with.