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Sectors: Justice - Security

Beneficiaries: Civil Society Organisations, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for Proposals

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* EU member states, overseas departments, except for Denmark and the United Kingdom;

* Albania and Montenegro

 

 

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Responsible: European Commission

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Justice Programme – Action grants to promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal justice – 2020
Funds for: contributing to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters thus strengthening mutual trust.

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters thus strengthening mutual trust

Priorities
* Priority 1: judicial cooperation in civil matters
– Promoting judicial cooperation in civil matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application and enforcement of EU instruments
– Better enforcement of judicial decisions through better procedures, case-handling and cooperation in cross-border disputes;
– Improving the situation of children involved in civil cases, e.g. through better procedures, case-handling and cooperation in the family law area such as parental responsibility, international child abduction and maintenance;
– Facilitating cross-border successions through better cross-border cooperation, casehandling and awareness-raising

* Priority 2: judicial cooperation in criminal matters 
– Promoting judicial cooperation in criminal matters and to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU mutual recognition instruments in criminal matters
– Contributing to the European Agenda on Security as regards the judicial responses to terrorism, notably on reinforcing the prevention of radicalisation, especially in prisons;
– Issues related to pre-trial detention and alternatives to detention, in particular raising awareness of case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and recommendations of the Council of Europe in this field;

* Priority 3: support to the members of the European Judicial Network (EJN) in civil and commercial matters and to the national authorities, courts and professional associations they represent 
– Contributing to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters;
– Supporting the setting up and strengthening of national networks under the EJN in civil and commercial matters in order to ensure better implementation and case-handling under the civil justice legislation;
– Promoting full involvement of all national Network members, ensuring interaction at national level, knowledge sharing and gathering of information, thus contributing to increasing the national substantial input to the Network’s activities and thereby strengthening the action and visibility of the Network as a whole

* Priority 4:  support to Member States for their connection to the ECRIS-TCN system 
– Supporting projects implementing the needed adaptations of the national criminal records systems for the linking and exchange of fingerprints with the ECRIS-TCN central system

Among financed actions
* Facilitating cooperation between competent authorities and agencies, legal practitioners and/or service providers (including multi-disciplinary networks at international, national, regional or local levels);
* Mutual learning, identifying and exchange of best practices, development of working methods which may be transferable to other participating countries; 
* Analytical activities, including data collection, statistics, surveys, research, etc.;
* Exchange and provision of information and development of information tools;
* Capacity building for professionals; 
* Dissemination and awareness raising activities;
* Training activities can also be funded under this call, as long as they are of ancillary 

* For priority 4: 
– Analytical, conceptual, design and elaboration work, IT software development, quality assurance and related auxiliary measures necessary for the establishment of new IT systems, as well as the expansion and adaptation of existing national solutions towards addressing the objectives of priority 4.;
– Activities relating to project management, communication, promotion and dissemination 

Additional information 
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: maximum 24 months

* Eligibility:
> For priorities 1 and 2:
– 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-profitoriented organisations; 
– The applications must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries;

> For priority 3:
– The application must be submitted by the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters, or by the national authorities, courts and professional associations representing the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters. Only one application per participating country will be accepted. Projects do not need to have a transnational aspect

> For priority 4:
– The application must be submitted by the national authorities responsible for the systems linking national criminal records databases, as well as fingerprint databases, to the ECRIS-TCN central system. Only one application per participating country will be accepted. Projects do not need to have a transnational aspect. 

* Actions must take place in the European Union