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Civil Justice

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On 25 September 2007, the European Parliament and the Council adopted the "Link opens in new windowCivil Justice" financing programme, which covers the period from 2007 to 2013. Under this programme the European Commission is able to finance activities intended to promote judicial cooperation with the aim of contributing to the creation of a genuine European area of justice in civil matters.

The objectives and tools of the programme

The "Civil Justice" programme aims to:

  • promote judicial cooperation with the aim of contributing to the creation of a genuine European area of justice in civil matters based on mutual recognition and mutual confidence;
  • promote the elimination of obstacles to the good functioning of cross-border civil proceedings in the Member States;
  • improve the daily life of individuals and businesses by enabling them to assert their rights throughout the European Union, notably by fostering access to justice;
  • improve the contacts, exchange of information and networking between legal, judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions, including by way of support of judicial training, with the aim of better mutual understanding among such authorities and professionals.

Through this programme, the Commission is able to finance the following:

  • actions with a European dimension launched on its own initiative;
  • specific transnational projects involving at least two partners from different Member States or one Member State and one acceding or candidate country. A specific call for proposals concerns training activities in the field of competition law;
  • annual activity programmes of NGOs or other bodies pursuing an objective of general European interest in line with the objectives of the programme.

An operating grant is also allocated to the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary and the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union. Moreover, the programme funds the activities of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters.

The programme is targeted mainly at legal practitioners, national authorities and the citizens of the Union in general.

It is open to institutions and public or private organisations, including professional organisations, universities, research institutes and legal and judicial training institutes for legal practitioners, international organisations and non-governmental organisations of the Member States.

Every year, a new work programme, new priorities and new calls for proposals

The annual work programmes of the Civil Justice programme, defining the Commission's policy priorities for the coming year, are published on the Link opens in new windowInternet site of the European Commission's DG Justice, as are the calls for proposals and all the information needed to submit an application.

The work programme and the calls for proposals set out the priorities for the year as regards calls for proposals, as well as all the stages of the selection procedure.

The work programme also sets out the activities which the Commission plans to undertake or pursue by means of tendering procedures.

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Last update: 05/06/2013