Total Budget: EUR 378 million
Thematic Categories: Education, Justice, Capacity Building
Beneficiaries: Public authorities, State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), NGO / NPO, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Public Services, National Government, Association, University
Level of Financing (Eu Co-Financing Rate); 90% - 80%
Standard Eligibility Conditions;
- To be eligible, grant applications must comply with all of the following criteria:
a. the applicants must be public entities or private organisations, duly established in one of the countries participating in the Programme, or international organisation. Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations;
b. the applications must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries;
c. For the year 2019, the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than € 75 000. Maximum Possible Rate of Co-Financing Of The Eligible Costs is 90%. For the duration of the project please refer to the specific Call but in most of the cases, the duration of the projects should not exceed 24 months. Depending on the requirements of each topic, the Applicant may submit an application on its own, or in partnership with other organisations, referred to as Partners.
The Commission will invite Framework Partners in writing to submit their proposal announcing the annual priorities. These grants will fund operating costs and those activities of the network which have EU added value and contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the Programme among others: analytical activities, training activities, mutual learning, cooperation, awareness-raising and dissemination activities. Maximum Possible Rate of Co-Financing Of The Eligible Costs is 80%
EU added value; All actions to be funded by the programme must produce results whose benefits go beyond one single Member State. The following elements should in particular be looked at: Does the project contribute to the effective, comprehensive and consistent implementation of Union law instruments and policies? Will it improve public awareness and knowledge about the rights, values and principles deriving from Union law? Will it improve the understanding of potential issues affecting these rights? Is it likely to develop mutual trust among Member States and to improve cross- border cooperation? What is its transnational impact? Does it contribute to the elaboration and dissemination of best practices? Will it create practical tools and solutions that address cross-border or Union-wide challenges?
Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants)
The activities to be financed in 2019 – mainly recurring activities, and to a smaller extent, also new ones – will have to be carried out by public authorities, universities, NGOs and other organisations. There are three priorities for 2019:
1. Judicial cooperation in civil matters
The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in civil matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application and enforcement of EU instruments
2. Judicial cooperation in criminal matters
The aim is to promote judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters.
3. Support to the members of the European Judicial Network (EJN) in civil and commercial matters and to the national authorities, courts and professional association
The main objective is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.
Promoting judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters;
- Judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights;
- Enhancing the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime and the rights of victims of crime;
- EU drugs policy.
The general objective of the Programme shall be to contribute to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust, in particular by promoting judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. The Programme focuses on the following Specific Objectives:
- to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters
- to support and promote judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture
- to facilitate effective access to justice for all, including to promote and support the rights of victims of crime, while respecting the rights of the defence
- to support initiatives in the field of drugs policy as regards judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects closely linked to the general objective of the Programme
The European Union’s Justice Programme aims to foster mutual recognition and mutual trust between Member States. In order to reach this objective, it promotes judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters and helps train judges and other legal practitioners. This programme shall contribute to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. It promotes judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc. ; judicial cooperation in criminal matters; judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture ; effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings; initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects). All actions to be funded by the programme must produce results whose benefits go beyond one single Member State.
- Training activities (staff exchanges, workshops, development of training modules,…)
- Mutual learning, cooperation activities, exchange of good practices, peer reviews, development of ICT tools…
- Awareness-raising activities, dissemination, conferences,…
- Support for main actors (key European NGOs and networks, Member States' authorities implementing Union law,…)
- Analytical activities (studies, data collection, development of common methodologies, indicators, surveys, preparation of guides…)
Find a Call;
Examples of Justice Programme in Action;
TRAINING EUROPE’S LEGAL PRACTITIONERS
A European Area of Justice needs legal practitioners who are fully versed in European law to ensure the coherent application of EU legislation across the European Union and smooth cross-border judicial proceedings. European judicial training targets judges and prosecutors, court judicial staff, lawyers, solicitors, notaries, bailiffs, and mediators. Supported by DG Justice, the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN) brings together the national judicial training bodies of the EU Member States. It identifies the training needs of judges and prosecutors, elaborates training standards and curricula, coordinates exchanges, disseminates training expertise and promotes cooperation between its members.
SUPPORTING CRIME VICTIMS
Rights, support and protection for crime victims across Europe are a major EU concern. Projects backed by DG Justice help to meet victims’ needs, such as respectful treatment, protection and support, and to ensure their effective access to justice. The projects focus on practical results that are of immediate national use, for example the development of tools, guidelines and manuals and the identification of best practices.
LET E-JUSTICE BE DONE
Information technology can give everyone across Europe access to justice. That’s why DG Justice funds a number of projects which put the European e-Justice Action Plan into practice. In particular, support goes to projects that develop interconnections between national registers, or tools to make it easier to find the right lawyer or notary, as well as more effective and dynamic ways to help people exercise their rights in cross-border situations. Information and services are brought together on the European e-Justice Portal (https://e-justice.europa.eu).
Examples of Open Calls as of today;
- Support for national or transnational e-Justice projects JUST-2015-JACC-AG-E-JU
Support for judicial cooperation in civil matters JUST-2015-JCOO-AG-CIVI
Support for judicial cooperation in criminal matters aiming to fight terrorism by preventing radicalisation JUST-2015-JCOO-AG-TERR
Action grants to support transnational projects to enhance the rights of persons suspected or accused of crime JUST-JACC-PROC-AG-2016
Action grants to support European judicial training JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2016
Action grants to support national and transnational projects to foster judicial cooperation in civil matters JUST-JCOO-CIVI-AG-2016