Based on its Implementing Decision of 5 November 2019, on the financing of the Justice Programme, the Commission announced its Work Program for 2020, in line with Regulation (EU) No 1382/2013 establishing a Justice Programme for the period 2014 to 2020.
The call contemplates three opportunities for projects in the field of judicial cooperation in civil matters.
The Commission is willing to support projects aimed ad “Facilitating and supporting judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters”. The aim is to promote judicial cooperation and to contribute to the effective and coherent application and enforcement of EU instruments.
As regards civil matters, priority will be given to projects aiming at: (a) the better enforcement of judicial decisions through better procedures, case-handling and cooperation in cross-border disputes; (b) improving the situation of children involved in civil cases, e.g. through better procedures, case-handling and cooperation in the family law area such as parental responsibility, international child abduction and maintenance; (c) facilitating cross-border successions through better cross-border cooperation, case handling and awareness-raising; (d) improving cross-border circulation of public documents, including those on civil status through better information and awareness-raising.
A particular line of grants refers to projects under framework partnership agreements. The aim is to support the annual work programme of European networks active in the area of facilitating and supporting judicial cooperation in civil and/or criminal matters which have signed Framework Partnership Agreements with the Commission. The Commission will invite Framework Partners in writing to submit their proposal announcing the annual priorities.
Finally, the Commission intends to support projects aimed at promoting judicial training and facilitating effective access to justice for all. The key objective here is to contribute to achieving the goals of the European e-Justice Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2023 by supporting the implementation of e-Justice projects at the European and national level, as far as they have a European dimension. Proposals aiming to develop projects on the main list of the Council e-Justice Action Plan will have priority over other projects indicated in the Action Plan.
Priority will be given, in this context, to projects aiming at joining or enhancing existing or ongoing e-Justice projects, such as: (a) the interconnection of national insolvency registers; (b) the integration of electronic multilingual standard forms into national e-government systems, in the context of Regulation (EU) 2016/1191 on public documents; (c) development of use cases for artificial intelligence and blockchain technology in the justice area.
The opening date for proposals is 15 January 2020, whereas the deadlines for submission vary, depending on the component.
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