« Setting the course »- Greetings from President Ivo Goeyens

Dear Presidents, Dear colleagues,

On the threshold of this new year, I send you and all your family, on my own behalf and on behalf of the members of the European Chamber of Judicial Officers (“CEHJ”), my warmest wishes for happiness, health and success. My wishes are also addressed to all the colleagues of your community.

The setting up of a structure representing the profession was responding to a necessity many times reiterated by our European interlocutors. Since the implementation of the CEHJ nine months ago, I have shared the progresses on our various actions in Europe with you.

– Our interest is common: to participate in the construction of a European area of justice so that our profession brings his stone, the stone of the effectiveness of judicial decisions and legal certainty.

– Our action must also be common, it is only together that we can demonstrate the importance of our concrete input to this construction and our willingness to contribute to it.

– This must be specific, because the issues we have to address together are specific and deal with this construction.

There are momentsin life whenthecapes to be roundedare decisive for the future. The EU funds granted fortheimplementation ofprojects held by the profession,thesupport of the European institutionsbrought to the CEHJ, are evidences ofthe recognition of the actions we conduct.

Thecape rounded by the creationof theCEHJin 2012was unavoidable; we mustnowmaintain it and set the objectivesto be followed in 2013.

Theinitiatives of the CEHJ will have a significant impactforcitizens and businessesoperating in thesingle marketbecause theyare carried by astructurecreated according to the model of the other political, economic and legal European institutions in order to serve strictly European stakes.

For all these reasons if, with the other members of the CEHJ, we would have to express only one wish for the new year, it would be to welcome all the judicial officers / enforcement agents of the Member States to implement our common actions, specific and essentialto assert ourrole inthe consolidation of theEuropean area of justice.



Best regards, dear Presidents and dear colleagues.

                             Ivo GOEYENS

President of the CEHJ


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  • The COREPER and the Council of the European Union

The wishes expressedby the Committee ofPermanent Representatives (COREPER)[1], and approved bythe Council of theEuropean Union atthe Council meetingJusticeInternational Affairs last 7 December 2012,encouragedMember Statesof the European Unionto take part inactions,henceforthimplemented bytheCEHJ, to expand theEuropean Directory ofJudicial Officers /enforcement agents andthe information sheets on theproceduresin each country.

The COREPER, whichroadmapof the group “e-justice” was adopted by the Council,underlines that“the next objective was to deepen cooperation with the EU institutions with a view to integrating the factsheets, as well as the Directory [of judicial officers/enforcement agents] once it was fully functional with more Member States participating, into the e-Justice Portal [www.e-justice.eu]. Other Member States were encouraged to take part in these projects.”

Thus, theCOREPERand the Council welcomethe arguments made bythe President andthe two Vice-Presidents of the CEHJduring their hearingby theworking group”e-justice” Councilon 3rd October, and provide their support toinitiativescarried by theCEHJfor the development of theEJE project in Europe.


  • E-justice

E-Justice, vector of simplification of cross-border proceedings and essential tool for a rapid and effective justice, actually constitutes one of the major priorities for the CEHJ members that will lead, following the example of the EJE project, a common reflection on the directory but also on further actions to be developed in this area in 2013.

  • Training

The construction of a European area of justice also implies that legal actors are fully trained on European instruments in order to assist citizens and businesses in their processes.

As stated in our Letter No. 2, the CEHJ supports the EJL project (European Judicial officers’ E-learning), project co-funded by the European Commission for a term of two years and which objective is to provide online training on European instruments to all the judicial officers / enforcement agents of the 27 Member States of the European Union. The seven EJL partners will focuse on the European texts they daily use and on their implementation in their domestic law.

The CEHJ will also be involved in the European project ” Study on the state of play of court staff training in EU law and promotion of cooperation between court staff training providers at EU level “[2] alongside the operator GIP- Justice International Cooperation, the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA / EIPA), the Department of Justice and European Affairs of Saxony (Germany),the Centre forlegal Studies,Madrid(Spain), the National Schoolof the court andthe prosecutionof Poland,the ScottishCourt Service(Scotland)andthe National School ofCourt Clerks (France).

This project, fundedby the European Commissionfor aperiod of one year, will make a’snapshot’ of the knowledge of the Court staff. TheCEHJwill provide expertise inthe Member States wherethe judicial officersare civil servantsattached to the courts. The results ofthis study wouldfeed thediscussions held withinthe projectEJLwhich aims tofill the lack of knowledge ofthe judicial officers/ enforcement agents onsomeEuropean instruments.

These projectsand activitieswill be developedin the LetterNo.3 ofCEHJ that will be published inthe coming weeks.



[1] The Permanent Representatives Committee or Coreper (Article 240 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – TFEU) is responsible for preparing the work of the Council of the European Union. It consists of representatives from the Member States with the rank of Member States’ ambassadors to the European Union and is chaired by the Member State which holds the Council Presidency.


[2]JUST/2012/JUTR/PR/0064/A4 – Implementation of the Pilot Project – European Judicial Training


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