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​The Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities celebrates its 10th anniversary at the ENM


The ENM played host to a very much European event on 11 and 12 May in Bordeaux: the 10th anniversary of the Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities, organised since 2005 by the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN). Some one hundred representatives of European judicial authorities were invited to take part.

Fostering sharing of knowledge and practices

The Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities offers future judges or prosecutors and judicial training personnel from European Union Member States the opportunity to take part in individual or collective, long-term or short-term exchanges in the judicial institutions of one of the Member States or in certain countries outside the EU. Study visits to European institutions are also on offer.
96% financed by the European Commission, the objective of the Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities is to develop mutual trust between judicial authorities by enabling them to get to know each other better and giving them an opportunity to work together.

Exchange Programme achievements and prospects

The purpose of the event held on 11 and 12 May was to review achievements since 2005 and outline future prospects for the Exchange Programme for Judicial Authorities. At the opening conference, participants were addressed in succession by Xavier Ronsin, Director of the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM), Edith Van Den Broeck, Director of the Belgian Judicial Training Institute and Coordinator of the "Exchange Programme" Working Group, and Wojciech Postulki, Secretary General of the European Judicial Training Network.

European judges and prosecutors who have taken part in one of the exchange programme actions and representatives of the host institutions shared their experience with participants.
Emmanuelle Cretin-Magand, representing the European Commission, closed the first morning's proceedings, meanwhile, by presenting the Commission's expectations.

In the afternoon, workshops provided an opportunity for participants to reflect upon future prospects for the five components of the EJTN Exchange Programme: "short-term exchanges for judges and prosecutors", "short-term exchanges for trainers", "the AIAKOS programme", "study visits at the ECHR, the CJEU, Eurojust and the EU institutions" and "long-term training periods at the ECHR, the CJEU and Eurojust".
The findings of the various workshops were presented on Tuesday morning and will serve as recommendations for the Exchange Programme Working Group. A discussion was also held on new exchange formats (exchanges of court presidents, bilateral exchanges between courts) and a demonstration was given of the new online application system before the event was closed. ​