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Criminal Justice

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On 12 February 2007, the Council adopted the "Link opens in new windowCriminal 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 criminal matters based on mutual recognition and mutual confidence.

The objectives and tools of the programme

The "Criminal Justice" programme aims to:

  • promote judicial cooperation with the aim of contributing to the creation of a genuine European area of justice in criminal matters;
  • promote the compatibility of rules applicable in the Member States, and the reduction of existing legal obstacles with a view to strengthening the coordination of investigations by the law enforcement authorities of the Member States;
  • improve the contacts and the exchange of information and best practices between the judicial and administrative authorities and the legal professions;
  • foster the training of the members of the judiciary;
  • ensure that the rights of victims and of the accused are protected.

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

  • actions with a European dimension launched on its own initiative;
  • transnational projects involving at least two partners from different Member States or one Member State and one acceding or candidate country. Under certain conditions, national programmes may also be co‑financed;
  • annual activity programmes of NGOs (non-governmental organisations) 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 European Judicial Training Network.

The programme is mainly targeted at legal practitioners, representatives of victims' assistance services, and other professionals involved in the work of the judiciary, 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/further training institutes for legal practitioners, 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 Criminal 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 for Justice, as are the calls for proposals and all the information needed to submit an application.

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Last update: 05/06/2013