02/07/2015 - - EJN
European Judicial Network plenary meeting in Riga, Latvia

On 29-30 June 2015 the 44th plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network (EJN) took place in Riga, Latvia.


The meeting gathered more than 120 participants: EJN contact points from the EU Member States, EU associated countries and contact persons from Canada and Japan, as well as representatives from Eurojust, the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, the Council of Europe and partner organisations.


The main topic of the meeting was “Custodial sentences and measures involving deprivation of liberty”. In plenary sessions and three workshops, issues of practical interest on the application of the Council Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA (“Transfer of Prisoners”) and its relation to the Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA (“European Arrest Warrant”) were presented and discussed. The use of the EJN and Eurojust was mentioned as good practice, as well as drafting and promoting handbooks at both EU and national level.


The EJN Secretariat presented the main activities of the EJN during 2015, including the recent developments of the EJN website, the status of implementation of the EJN work programme and budget execution as well as the draft Report on activities and management of the EJN in 2013-14.


On the second day of the meeting the Directive 2011/99/EU on the European Protection Order was presented. One of the issues discussed concerned the practical application of the protection order in relation to the duration of the stay of the protected person in the executing State.


In the margins of the plenary meeting, a meeting of the EJN/Eurojust joint working group on the Sixth Round of Mutual Evaluations of the Council of the EU took place. The working group discussed a draft action plan for the follow-up of the recommendations in the 28 country reports of common interest for EJN and Eurojust, e.g. recommendations related to the handling of requests and the interaction between Eurojust and EJN.


Background


The European Judicial Network is a network of national contact points. The role of the network is to improve, facilitate and speed up international judicial cooperation and ensure the proper execution of mutual legal assistance and mutual recognition requests, as well as to assist in establishing direct contacts between competent judicial authorities.


The purpose of the EJN plenary meetings is to allow the contact points to get to know each other and exchange experience and to provide a forum for discussion of practical and legal problems encountered by the Member States in the context of judicial cooperation. The plenary meetings are organised three times a year, two of them in the Member States holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and one at the premises of Eurojust.

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