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On the 20th and 21st of June, EuroMed Justice organised the 7th CrimEx session in Luxembourg, gathering justice practitioners in criminal matters from 8 South Partner Countries (SPCs): Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. In addition, the main stakeholders in training from the Euro-Mediterranean region participated in the activity: judicial training schools from SPCs (Algeria, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia) and EU Member States (Belgium, Portugal, and Spain), the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), UNODC, CoE-HELP Program, the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) and the Siracusa International Institute. The Euro-Arab Judicial Training Network was also represented by several members.
The objective of the session was to analyse and identify the training needs in international judicial cooperation in criminal matters of the SPCs. EuroMed Justice experts prepared two thematic questionnaires, which were sent to the SPCs prior to the meeting. During the session, the experts presented their first findings and asked questions to the CrimEx members on the content of their answers to the questionnaires. On this basis, the CrimEx representatives were invited to present the position of their respective national authorities regarding the identified needs in judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to select the main topics, methodology, and issues that will help the EuroMed Justice’s experts drafting the final training materials (Training Needs Analysis, Training of Trainers – ToT – Manual, Training Methodology and Curricula). The CrimEx also took this opportunity to discuss the implementation of the future EuroMed ToT activity.
Capitalizing on the work achieved within the frame of EuroMed Justice, the participants highlighted the importance and usefulness of the CrimEx documents (EuroMed Fiches, Handbook and Legal and gap analyses) and stressed the need to use these practical instruments in future training activities relating to international judicial cooperation in criminal matters in SPCs.
Finally, the CrimEx members benefited from an exchange of experience with the main stakeholders in training in the region. Indeed, the EJTN, CoE-Help programme, UNODC, IAP, Siracusa Institute and representatives of judicial schools from EU Member States presented their existing training priorities and methodologies of relevance.
The CrimEx group will meet over a period of two years (2017 and 2018) and functions as a regional forum devoted to Euro-Mediterranean cooperation on criminal justice. The 8th CrimEx session dedicated to the EuroMed Judicial Network and the EuroMed Forum of Prosecutors General will take place in November 2018.
EuroMed Justice is managed by a consortium led by FIIAPP (Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Publicas, Spain) in partnership with CILC (Center for International Legal Cooperation, the Netherlands), EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration, the Netherlands) and JCI (Justice Coopération Internationale, France).
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