REST OF EUROPE AND NEIGHBORHOOD

WESTERN BALKANS (Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro)

Fight Against Organised Crime

Budget:

€5,000,000 (1% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

July 2014 – July 2017 (36 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior

Project objective:

The project aims to prevent and combat transnational organised crime and corruption cases with cross-border implications, particularly regarding illegal trafficking into the EU

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        International judicial cooperation

–        Exchange and sharing of information and intelligence, communication technologies and data protection

–        Specialised investigation techniques for international use, joint investigation teams, joint operations and financial investigations

Highlights:

Second Steering Committee meeting, held in Tarvisio, Italy

Prospects:

–        Deployment of a French Honorary Prosecutor to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a medium-term mission

–        Deployment of a French prosecutor to Albania for short missions

–        Deployment of a French prosecutor to Montenegro for short missions

–        Participation by French prosecutors in various seminars on cybercrime, confiscation of assets, etc.

Georgia

Provision of support to the Judicial Training Institute

Partners:

Latvia and Croatia

Budget:

€800,000

Execution Period:

September 2017 – February 2019 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Latvian Courts Administration.

In charge of the implementation of expertise missions concerning initial and continuing training with the support of the ENM.

Project objective:

To support the rule of law and judicial independence in Georgia by reinforcing the professionalism of judges and judicial personnel. This will include bringing judicial training practices closer to European standards by reinforcing the capacity and effectiveness of the training institute and the quality of the training programs provided.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Improvement of the initial training program for trainee judges

–        Development of continuing education programs

–        Skill reinforcement for trainers and school administration.

–        Introduction of e-learning programs for judges and court staff

Highlights:

Launch ceremony held 18 October 2017; Study visit to the ENM Bordeaux and the ENG Dijon in December 2017

KOSOVO

Reinforcing the efficiency and transparency of Kosovo’s judicial system and prosecutor’s office

Budget:

€3,000,000 (30% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2016 – April 2019 (30 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the Italian High Judicial Council

Project objective:

To improve the efficiency, transparency and independence of Kosovo’s judicial and prosecutorial system through the implementation of justice reforms, and to strengthen of the effectiveness of the Judges’ and Prosecutors’ Councils, and of the Special Prosecutor’s Office in Kosovo.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Improving the efficiency, independence and transparency of judges and prosecutors in Kosovo,

–        Improving of the capacities of the special prosecutor’s office.

Highlights:

Signature of the twinning contract and start of the project

Prospects:

–        Launch ceremony, early 2017

–        Study visit to France of a delegation of members of the CSM of Kosovo.

MOLDOVA

Reinforcing the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova

Budget:

€2,078,700 (4% of budget assigned to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2014 – April 2017 (30 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by GIZ (German public agency)

Project objective:

To improve the efficiency, accountability and transparency of the courts in Moldova

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Increasing the efficiency, impartiality, accountability and transparency of the courts, particularly in the context of reforms in the justice sector;

–        Ensuring that the judicial system provides a real guarantee of respect for human rights and ensures the safety of persons subject to the jurisdiction of the courts during dispute resolution proceedings;

–        Ensuring the application of good practices to reduce corruption and increase public confidence in the justice system;

–        Improving the courts’ efficiency in regard to the management of budgets;

–        Developing the capacities of judicial institutions in regard to the management of information and computer systems, video and audio recording, and improving the management of court-generated data.

Highlights:

Setting up specific short-term expertise missions concerning ethics and professional conduct; Provision of support for the implementation of tools to improve practices; Reinforcement of actions for combating corruption

SERBIA

Fight against organised crime

Budget:

€1,500,000 (5% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

October 2016 – April 2018 (18 months)

Position of JCI:

Provision of experts for the French Ministry of the Interior as part of a consortium managed by the German Federal Criminal Police Office

Project objective:

–        To reinforce the capacity of law enforcement institutions (Judicial Police Directorate and Prosecutor’s Office) in the investigation (police) and prosecution (Prosecutor’s Office) of organised crime,

–        To strengthen the capacities of investigative techniques used for the resolution of organised crime and other cases by improving the efficiency and working conditions of the physicochemical and toxicological laboratories of the Ministry of the Interior.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

Fight against organised crime, forensic medicine

Highlights:

Launch ceremony in November 2016 in the presence of two French judges from the Marseilles JIRS, key experts on the project; Missions of police/justice expert pairs on training curricula

TURKEY

Reinforcing the legal aid system in Turkey

Budget:

€1,375,000 (10% of budget allocated to JCI)

Execution Period:

September 2016 – May 2018 (21 months)

Position of JCI:

Member of the consortium managed by the FIIAPP (Spanish public agency)

Project objective:

To support and develop a more effective and consistent legal aid service to strengthen the justice system and access to justice.

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Review of the legal aid system in place and its implementation,

–        Comparative analysis with European best practices,

–        Presentation of a strategic plan in light of an analysis of the existing situation,

–        Drafting of a guide to promote the implementation of a reinforcement of legal aid; curriculum development and training of agents,

–        Dissemination of information and promotion of awareness among the public concerning the reinforcement and operation of the legal aid system.

Highlights:

Launch ceremony in September 2016 in the presence of the French liaison magistrate in Ankara; Organisation of a growing number of French expertise missions; Organisation of Turkish study visits to learn about the French legal aid system.

UKRAINE

Support for justice sector reform in Ukraine

Budget:

€8,574,811

Execution Period:

October 2013 – December 2017 (50 months)

Position of JCI:

Leader of the consortium

Project objective:

To support Ukraine in the reforms implemented to modernise the justice sector

Funding:

European Union

Project Components:

–        Developing a strategy for justice sector reform in Ukraine

–        Police reform,

–        Provision of support to the Attorney General’s office,

–        Provision of support for improving access to justice,

–        Independence of the judiciary,

–        Combating and preventing corruption.

Highlights:

Approval of the Strategy and implementation of an action plan under the coordination of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine; Support for the organisation of the process for the selection of judges on the Supreme Court; Skill-building for the Ministry of Justice in the domain of monitoring and evaluation of reforms