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EuroMed Justice’s first activity on ‘Capacity-building of the High Judicial Councils’ was held in Madrid on the 18th - 21st of September 2017. The general objective of this component is to provide support for the strengthening of the capacities of the High Judicial Councils in SPCs, in order to ensure a high standard of judicial independence, self-governance, and accountability. It gathered members of the High Judicial Councils and representatives of the Ministries of Justice from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.
This activity was divided into two part: a one-day Seminar organized by the European Network of the Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) and a Study Visit to the Spanish Ministry of Justice, Spanish General Council for the Judiciary, and Spanish General Prosecutor’s Office. During the Seminar, the principles of independence and accountability of the judiciary in the SPCs were discussed on the basis of a list of indicators proposed by the ENCJ. Twinning projects in favour of High Judicial Councils were also addressed. As for the Study Visit, its objective was to see the models, methods and standards at work, in order to effectively implement the principle of justice independence in SPCs.
EuroMed Justice (2016-2018) is an EU-funded project which aims to contribute to the development of a Euro-Mediterranean area of cooperation in the field of justice and to the development of effective, efficient and democratic justice systems which protect and promote human rights.