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5 February 2021

List of Projects and Service contracts won by ERA in 2020

In 2020 ERA was successful in winning projects and service contracts across a variety of different areas of Law.

1.    Interactive training events for lawyers on Litigating EU law

The project aims at contributing to the effective and coherent application of EU law by addressing the training needs of lawyers in private practice on litigating EU law before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The overall objectives are to increase the target group’s knowledge and understanding of the CJEU proceedings, to contribute to a better access to justice and a proper application of EU law, and to increase cross-border cooperation with colleagues from other EU Member States. The project will create training materials and provide training activities for lawyers in different languages.

Two types of training activities will be implemented together with national and local Bar associations:

-   Six basic training events (seminars) for junior lawyers and/or lawyers with no previous experience in proceedings before the CJEU.

-    Four advanced training events (workshops) of one and a half days each in Trier, providing further training to lawyers who are knowledgeable about CJEU proceedings and wish to acquire additional practical experience and skills in the field of EU litigation.

All events will include a visit to the CJEU where the participants will see how a hearing at the Court is conducted.

The training hours at the event can be recognised (CPD points).

The project was submitted by the Academy of European Law – ERA (coordinator) and two beneficiaries, the General Council of the Spanish Bars and the Polish National Council of Legal Advisers. It is supported by the following national/local Bar associations:

-              Bar of Ireland

-              Czech Bar Association (Česká advokátní komora)

-              Delegation of the French Bars in Brussels (Délégation des Barreaux de France, DBF)

-              Dutch Brussels Bar (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de balie te Brussel)

-              Estonian Bar Association (Eesti Advokatuur)

-              Finnish Bar Association (Suomen Asianajajaliitto)

-              French Regional Lawyers’ School (Ecole Régionale des Avocats du Grand-Est, ERAGE)

-              German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, DAV)

-              Latvian Council of Sworn Advocates (Latvijas Zvērinātu advokātu padome, OA)

-              Lithuanian Bar Association (Lietuvos advokatūra)

-              National Association of Romanian Bars (Uniunea Naţională a Barourilor din România, UNBR)

-              Slovak Bar Association (Slovenská advokátska komora)

-              Thessaloniki Bar Association (Δικηγορικός Σύλλογος Θεσσαλονίκης)

-              Warsaw Bar (Okręgowa Rada Adwokacka w Warszawie)

2.    Interactive language training events on cross-border mediation 

This project seeks to address the need to raise awareness of the advantages of cross-border mediation among legal practitioners in the EU. The overall objectives are to spread knowledge about mediation and encourage its use among judges, lawyers and mediators, and to develop their legal and professional English language skills, thus increasing their confidence and ability to communicate with each other during mediation procedures or when referring a case to mediation. Through the training activities planned, the project will create networking opportunities and promote further understanding among different legal professions and the exchange of best practices and experiences. The consortium consists of ERA (coordinator), 10 national judicial training institutions (from BG; BE; EE; EL; ES; FI; LT; LV; PL; RO), six bar associations (from CZ; EL; ES, LT; LV; SK), and three EU-wide networks (EJTN, GEMME, MiKK). Nine interactive legal and language training events with a duration of 2.5 days each will be organised in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Spain. Each event will offer both interactive language training and continuous practice-oriented mediation training. Five events will focus on civil and commercial mediation and the remaining four on family mediation. Each event will host max. 30 participants and five trainers.150 judges and 120 lawyers and mediators from across the EU will directly benefit from this seminar series. It is expected that the participants’ language skills will improve, thus increasing their confidence to contact colleagues from abroad in future cross-border cases. The provision of cross-professional training and the innovative combination of legal and linguistic training incorporating several workshops and role plays will result in improved mutual trust and understanding of the various roles and constraints faced by the professionals involved in mediation procedures.


3.   Provision of Training Programme to National Judges in EU Competition Law   

At the end of 2020 ERA signed with the European Commission’s DG COMP a renewal of its service contract COMP/2017/015 - SI2.778715 for the Provision of Training Programme to National Judges in EU Competition Law for another 24-month period. The service contract was awarded in May 2018 and by December 2020 ERA has trained within its framework 372 judges from 14 different EU Member States. The events that will be held within the framework of the project during the new 2-year period will focus on providing the judiciary of another 12 EU countries with an overview of the application of Articles 101 and 102 TFEU and the relevant secondary legislation, as well as the national legislation transposing the Damages Directive, and on equipping them with the necessary tools to deal with State aid cases. This major project – which is supported by the judicial training institutes from twelve Member States, the Association of European Competition Law Judges and EJTN – has to be seen in the context of ERA’s long-standing commitment to the training of the judiciary on competition law since the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003.


4.   Framework Contract for the provision of specialized training services in the field of work of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO)  

In October 2020, EJTN and ERA were awarded financing by the European Commission to provide specialized training services in the field of work of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) to the EPPO staff. Under the four-year contract, EJTN and ERA in consortia will implement more than 50 training events targeted at European Prosecutors (EPs) and European Delegated Prosecutors (EDPs) as well as case analysts, financial investigators, and administrative staff of the EPPO. The specialised training will provide participants with the legal and operational skills to work in the EPPO looking at fraud patterns and the application of the PIF Directive, mechanisms of EU funding, competences of the EPPO, financial investigations and asset recovery, forensic accounting and financial intelligence analysis, and the use of analytical tools and data from EU databases.

With its main target group being European Delegated Prosecutors, the contract completes ERA’s and EJTN’s efforts to provide comprehensive training on the work of the EPPO that already contains training events for national prosecutors, investigating judges, and defence lawyers.

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5.  E-learning courses for Interpreters of the European Parliament  

Mid-December 2020, the Academy of European Law won a bid submitted in response to an invitation to tender issued by the Directorate-General for Logistics and Interpretation for Conferences of the European Parliament. The tender aims at the design, development, hosting, maintenance and update of multilingual e-learning courses for interpreters and conference interpreting agents working for the European Parliament.  The maximum duration of the contract will be 12 months renewable up to maximum 3 times (48 months). The deadline to answer to the tender was extremely tight.

The first three tailor-made e-learning courses prepared in cooperation with two very experienced academics will be composed of videos, interactive tools like quizzes and ‘take-away’ boxes. The learning material will be prepared in two languages (French or German) with English as one of the two languages for the course. The topics of these 3 courses will cover the following issues:

Strengthening the EUs contribution to rules-based multilateralism International trade agreements and WTO reform

Strengthening the EUs contribution to rules-based multilateralism International trade agreements and human rights

Emerging Digital Technologies/Artificial Intelligence and liability issues

The implementation deadline will be a challenge for ERA as these first 3 e-learning courses will have to be designed between February and July 2021. However, the sound experience developed by ERA in designing e-learning courses, specifically for EU institutions and agencies will be extremely useful in order to perform this task.


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