Bulgaria and Romania: Enhancing the efficiency of the public prosecutor´s offices of Bulgaria and Romania in the field of dealing with victims of crime and promoting their cooperation with local and foreign victim support organisations

Delegation of the Romanian Public Prosecutor’s Office on talks on the issue of victim’s protection at the Weißer Ring e.V. in Mainz
Delegation of the Romanian Public Prosecutor’s Office on talks on the issue of victim’s protection at the Weißer Ring e.V. in Mainz

EU Action Grant

Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Frank Hupfeld, Franziska Simon, Veronika Bode

Project Partners: The Prosecutor´s Office of Republic of Bulgaria, The Prosecutor´s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice Romania, The Weisser Ring e.V

The project, which commenced in February 2016 and will end in January 2018, comprises three components: In the first component, the intention is to improve the efficiency of the public prosecutor’s offices in Bulgaria and Romania in their treatment of victims of crime. Additionally, their awareness is to be increased and they are to be trained in the respectful treatment of victims of crime. The second component is concerned with strengthening the cooperation between victim protection associations and the public prosecutor’s offices. The third component will deal with the development of an information brochure for crime victims by Romanian and Bulgarian victim protection associations in collaboration with the Weißer Ring.

Following the successful further training seminars for public prosecutors, police officers and staff of victim protection associations in Bulgaria and Romania, in which some 175 people in total were able to receive further training, expert talks were held in Germany and Brussels. Two delegations of Romanian and Bulgarian public prosecutors conducted expert talks at the Ministry of Justice, the State Office of Criminal Investigations, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Weißer Ring in Mainz. The participants thus had the opportunity to gain practical insights into the field of victim protection in Germany and the collaboration between authorities and victim protection organisations. Another study trip included meetings at the European Commission and Victim Support Europe and took place in mid-November.

In cooperation with the project partner Weißer Ring, another seminar was held in Sofia to develop a handbook for dealing with victims and a brochure with information on victim protection organisations in Bulgaria. Equivalent seminars were also held in Romania. All project results will be presented at the final conference in Sofia in early 2018.

Funded by the European Union

Ukraine: EU twinning Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the field of human rights protection at the national level

Kick-off event of the project at the Supreme Court of Ukraine in Kiev on 13 October 2017
Kick-off event of the project at the Supreme Court of Ukraine in Kiev on 13 October 2017

EU Twinning

Project Manager: Christian Schmitz-Justen
Junior Project Manager: Agris Batalauskis
RTA: Jautrite Briede
Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Rita Tenhaft

With this Twinning project, the IRZ, together with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia as a junior partner, is supporting the newly established Ukrainian Supreme Court in moving it closer to modern European standards. The project started in March 2017 and will run for 24 months. It has a budget of around EUR 1.3 million.

Due to a comprehensive reform of the judiciary, the Ukrainian Supreme Court was rebuilt in 2017 as a court of appeal. In addition to restructuring, the complete replacement of judges at the end of 2017 following an open call for applications is of central importance for the Ukrainian judicial system.

The main objective of the project is to familiarise the newly appointed judges with the new way of thinking of the appeal judges. In addition, it is also intended firstly to improve the legal framework for the work of the Supreme Court of Ukraine in accordance with EU standards, secondly to increase the professionalism of judges and employees and thirdly to augment the effectiveness of the Supreme Court’s case law. Furthermore, it is the project’s task to improve public access to information on case law and to contribute to the effectiveness of working processes.

After delays in selecting and appointing the new judges, who are the main target group of the project activities, measures were able to enter the stage of concrete planning and structuring in the second half of 2017. In addition, judges from four member states drew up a comparative analysis of legislation in Ukraine and EU member states and prepared the basis for further analysis and recommendations in the field of e-justice.

Funded by the European Union

Romania: Cooperation between the EU Member States for the purposes of solving the civil cases regarding the wrongful removal or retention of a child

EU Action Grant

Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Frank Hupfeld
Project Partners: Ministry of Justice of Romania, Judicial Academy of Croatia, Ministry of Justice Lof atvia, Federal Office of Justice

Download: Project Manual

This project aims to improve cooperation between the relevant authorities in the EU Member States in regard to the implementation of the Directive 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility.

A seminar is planned for March 2018 that will rather take on the magnitude of a conference as regards the number of 150 participants. Representatives of the judiciary and other professional groups dealing with the implementation of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction are invited from all EU Member States. Partners in this project are the Croatian Judicial Academy, the Latvian Ministry of Justice, the German Federal Office of Justice and the IRZ, with the Romanian Ministry of Justice taking the lead.

Within this two-day conference, it is above all the following topics that shall be addressed in individual contributions: “Child abduction”, “Exercising parental custody” and “Enforcing a judgment on the return of a child by a court of another EU Member State”. Based on current scheduling, the project will terminate in spring 2018.

Funded by the European Union