Romania: Training the judges in the field of securing the rights of the EU citizens within the criminal proceedings

This project was carried out in cooperation with the Romanian Ministry of Justice and the Croatian Judicial Academy. It had a budget of EUR 297,000, in which the IRZ was involved with EUR 10,000. The project began in February 2017 with a kick-off meeting and was completed in December 2017.

The aim of the project was to improve cooperation between EU Member States on the implementation of the EU Directive 2010/64 on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings and on the application of Directive 2012/13 on the right to information in criminal proceedings.

The activities of this project comprised a kick-off meeting, an analysis of training needs, a working meeting of experts as well as six seminars held in Romania, Croatia and Germany. A handbook was also prepared based on the conclusions drawn from the discussions with the participants during the seminars. The project was concluded with a two-day conference in Constanta, Romania.

Download: Project report "Training the judges in the field of securing the rights of the EU citizens within the criminal proceedings"

Funded by the European Union

Kyrgyzstan: Promotion of Rule of Law in the Kyrgyz Republic

Participants of the presentation of the Handbook for Presiding Judges of Courts of First Instance on Practical Issues of Court Administration as part of the EU Project in Bishkek: Ajnasch Tokbaeva, President of the Supreme Court (first row centre) with Presiding Judges and long term as well as short term experts of the EU Grant Project
Participants of the presentation of the Handbook for Presiding Judges of Courts of First Instance on Practical Issues of Court Administration as part of the EU Project in Bishkek: Ajnasch Tokbaeva, President of the Supreme Court (first row centre) with Presiding Judges and long term as well as short term experts of the EU Grant Project

EU Grant

Team leader: Dr. Stefanos Kareklas
Responsible at the IRZ: Angela Schmeink, Viktoria Börner

The web presence of the Project: www.rolpro-kg.eu/en and www.facebook.com/RoLKG

The project with a budget volume of EUR 9.5 million has been implemented by a consortium led by the GIZ since 2014. The IRZ participates as a junior partner with two long-term experts who work in the fields of court organisation, e-justice and legislation. The team of long-term experts is supported by short-term experts from Germany and other European countries in this context.

The aim of the project is to reinforce the rule of law in the justice and the court system. The reform efforts of the Kyrgyz Government and the state institutions, which are supported by the project, are directed towards increasing the effectiveness of judicial administration, creating transparency and credibility within judicial and court structures as well as fighting corruption. The main areas of focus of the IRZ component comprise the modernisation of the operation of the courts, including the introduction of a system of electronic files and court information and court management (e-justice), as well as legislative reforms.

In the last year of the project, activities focused mainly on the implementation of previously developed improvement measures and training courses for legal practitioners, also including a practical orientation. In the year under review, another study trip was organised for ten Kyrgyz legislative experts to Berlin and Potsdam. In total, the IRZ component has provided further training for more than 300 members of the civil service, lawyers and university lecturers in the field of legislative technique during the project’s term thus far.

In the field of judicial administration, extensive expertise was provided for a working group developing an evaluation system for judges. In the summer of the year under review, a draft of the new system, including the legal acts required for its implementation, could be presented as a result. It is currently being reviewed. Furthermore, the project contributed greatly to developing and publishing a handbook for presidents of courts dealing with practical questions of judicial administration, which will also serve as a basis for training measures in the future. On the subject of e-justice, the introduction of an electronic court file management system at three pilot courts deserves a mention. The project team has also successfully advised the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on drafting a handbook on the legal formality of sub-legislative norms and has begun preparations for the digitisation of the legislative process.

After project completion in April 2018, a second four-and-a-half-year phase with IRZ participation is planned. Here, the above-mentioned and additional focus areas will be professionally enlarged and expanded upon.

Funded by the European Union

Kosovo: Strengthening policy formulation and legislative drafting

Participants of the study trip as part of the Twinning project “Strengthening policy formulation and legislative drafting” in front of the Ministry of Justice in Düsseldorf
Participants of the study trip as part of the Twinning project “Strengthening policy formulation and legislative drafting” in front of the Ministry of Justice in Düsseldorf

EU Twinning

Project leader: Ulrich Hermanski
RTA: Dr. Julie Trappe
Responsible at the IRZ: Katharina Tegeder, Rita Tenhaft

This Twinning project has the overarching objective of supporting further rapprochement between the Republic of Kosovo and the EU Acquis.

At the end of 2016, the kick-off event took place and the basis both for the organisation as well as the content was developed for the project in Pristina. Further work on the content could begin in 2017. Various activities have been implemented that are allocated to the following four components:

  • Component 1 aims to improve the preconditions for drafting policy strategy papers at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Component 2 supports legislative proposals.
  • Component 3 addresses the challenge of putting adopted laws into practice and establishing an efficient and mandatory impact assessment for legislative proposals.
  • Component 4 examines and improves the Ministry’s internal and external communication in drafting strategy papers and laws.

A large number of different activities were carried out to implement these components, with the focus on employees of the Ministry of Justice. These included, among other things, a study trip by a Kosovar delegation to the Ministry of Justice of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia or the preparation of a comparative analysis in the field of judicial reform and strategic planning in the EU.

An important part of the project team’s work regarding the content and organisation in Pristina consisted of networking and coordinating with other projects on site in order to avoid overlaps and to generate synergy effects. The implementation of the project was delayed by the new elections in June 2017, as there were difficulties initially in forming a government.

The project is scheduled to run for two years and has a budget of around EUR 1.25 million.

Funded by the European Union