The proposed project seeks to tackle the above context by providing targeted trainings for bailiffs and lawyers in several Member States. Thus, the foreseen trainings are organised around various priorities of the Call related to the judicial cooperation. Hence, this project is a great opportunity to European judicial officers / enforcement authorities and lawyers to partake in high-level face-to-face and e-learning training activities on EU law.
1) Target public
Two legal professions are targeted by the FILIT project: lawyers and bailiff/judicial officers. According to the CCBE, it is essential that all lawyers who are members of a European Union Bar have access to EU law trainings to perform their tasks. In the framework of this project, the center for professional training for lawyers in Paris and in Rome are members of the Consortium and will ensure the participation of their members in many activities. Bailiffs and judicial officers are represented in the consortium by the UEHJ and the OSAE. These professionals undertake compulsory enforcement of titles and judgements which requires the application of EU law instruments.
The present project builds on the two previous projects EJT I and II, where EUBF was the only structure representing judicial officers. Since EIPA trainings of the previous projects were a frank success, it was desirable to reproduce this format which is favourable to the cooperation between the practitioners of the various countries of the EU.
In addition to the face-to-face trainings, the FILIT project will offer the possibility to the Beneficiaries to be trained, online. Indeed, 10 “inter-professional” modules will be drafted by professors of law and/or bailiffs and will be available free of charge on the online training platform Academys. The new Academys platform is the successor of EJL (European Judicial e-Learning), co-funded by the EU and managed by EUBF. The existing modules on EJL have migrated to the new Academys e-learning platform.
The same logic can be used towards lawyers. Such mutualisation will allow significant savings in terms of costs and time. The drafting of the new modules by the Beneficiaries will allow the platform to be adapted to the practice of lawyers. In addition, EUBF has received, during the EJT II project, nearly 400 new applications for registration to its e-learning platform. This demonstrates the Beneficiaries’ appetite for e-learning and its ease of use. Similarly, the Academys.eu platform, will follow down this path to offer new digital content to the greatest number of people thanks to a new selection of modules.
Also, EUBF is committed to give access to the new e-learning training contents to former consortium members of the European Judicial Training for Court Staff II project (2017-2019) in order to maintain the relationships established during this previous project, relations which were highlighted during the closing conference as very important for the creation of a European network of legal practitioners and the improvement of cross-border cooperation. The development of e-learning is among the priorities of the European Commission.