Ministers of Justice Reached High Consensus on EU Strategic Framework for Freedom, Security and Justice
Ministers of Justice of EU Member States discussed the future of the area of freedom, security and justice, judicial training and judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
The main topic of the informal meeting of Ministers of Justice of EU Members States, which was held in Zagreb on 23 January, was defining the next strategic framework for the area of freedom, security and justice.
The meeting was chaired by Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković and Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders took part as well.
Ministers held a debate that is the first step in the process of defining a future five-year strategic framework for the area of freedom, security and justice. Minister Bošnjaković said: “Now when we have the Strategic Agenda of the Union for the period until 2024, we must work on its implementation and Justice Minister must give their contribution in their respective parts.”
Strategic planning in the area of freedom, security and justice
“Considering the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 and the priorities underlined there, the focus is on four segments – values and rule of law; mutual trust; protection of our common European area; and new technologies. It is proposed that on these four areas the structure of future strategic guidelines be based,” said Minister Bošnjaković.
The debate demonstrated a high level of consensus among Ministers on the need to define a future five-year strategic framework of the European Union for the area of freedom, security and justice. The intention is to define this framework by the end of March 2020.
Judicial training – important segment of justice in the European Union
At the second session, the Ministers discussed the importance of judicial training for the proper functioning of the area of freedom, security and justice as well as the ways in which it can be improved in the future.
“From the beginning of this millennium, when judicial training increasingly found its way into public policies at the national and at the EU level, to this day, much has been achieved but it is necessary to work further on addressing the identified challenges,” emphasised Minister Bošnjaković.
The importance of further work on improving judicial cooperation“Considering that one of the basic priorities of Croatian presidency in the Council of the EU is further strengthening of the Union as an area of freedom, security and justice we wish to pay special attention to the improvement of efficiency of the work of judicial bodies as well as increase trust in the judicial systems of the Member States,” said Minister Bošnjaković.
In their debate, the Ministers focused on judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters and the role which the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters has in this cooperation. The debate showed the advantages of setting up national networks for judicial cooperation in this field.