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Call for proposals for action grants to support transnational projects on judicial training covering civil law, criminal law or fundamental rights

Funding Program

Justice Programme

Call number




19.04.2023 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 4,075,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

minimum € 100,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

Justice practitioners must be able to adapt to new developments, including in the area of EU law. It is important that a flexible response is brought to emerging EU law training needs. More justice professionals should attend training on EU law and training providers should improve the EU law training on offer, whether national or crossborder, and whether or not EU (co-)funded. European judicial training should also go beyond legal education and support the development of professional skills. This call supports training of members of the judiciary and judicial staff, meaning judges, prosecutors, court and prosecution offices’ staff, other justice professionals associated with the judiciary, such as lawyers in private practice, notaries, bailiffs, insolvency practitioners and mediators, as well as court interpreters and translators, prison and probation staff.

Call objectives

This call supports training of members of the judiciary and judicial staff. The activities may cover EU civil, criminal and fundamental rights law, legal systems of the Member States, and the rule of law. 

Priority will notably be given to training on the following topics:

  • Fundamental rights and the rule of law
  • Victims’ rights, in line with the EU Strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2025)
  • Digitalisation
  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Data Protection

Expected effects and impacts

  • Increased knowledge of EU civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights related instruments among justice professionals and the methods to implement them; 
  • Increased knowledge of the European standards on the rule of law among justice professionals; 
  • Improved mutual trust between justice professionals in cross-border judicial cooperation; 
  • Increased knowledge of and ability to use digital tools in the area of justice; 
  • Improved cooperation of training providers of the different justice professions; 
  • Increased expertise among justice professionals on the scope of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and on existing remedies and redress.

Expected results

In line with the Commission Communication ‘Ensuring justice in the EU — a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024, the objective of the call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of EU law in the areas of civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights, as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the rule of law related issues, by helping to address the training needs of justice professionals in these fields.

The 2023 priorities will concentrate funding on training activities and tools for training providers, as described below, in order to support cross-border training activities for

  • members of the judiciary and judicial staff, meaning judges, prosecutors, court and prosecution offices’ staff, other justice professionals associated with the judiciary, such as lawyers in private practice, notaries, bailiffs, insolvency practitioners and mediators, as well as court interpreters and translators, prison and probation staff; and/or 
  • justice professionals in initial / induction training, and/or 
  • multipliers, such as judicial trainers or EU law court coordinators, where there are guarantees that the multipliers will pass on their knowledge to justice professionals in a systematic way, and/or 
  • cross-professional training, in order to stimulate discussions across justice professions about the application of EU law and contribute to a European judicial culture across professional boundaries on precisely identified topics of relevance to the concerned professions.

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Albania (Shqipëria), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

To be eligible for funding, applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies) 
  • be established in one of the eligible countries
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs), excluding Denmark) 
    • non-EU countries: − countries associated to the Justice Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
  • Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisation
  • Applications must be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least two applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions: 

  • the applications must involve minimum two entities (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities) from different eligible countries; 
  • the consortium must include at least one public body, private non-profit organisation or international organisation as beneficiary or affiliated entity.

Specific cases:

  • Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of selfemployed persons, i.e., sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person). 
  • International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them. 
  • Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons. 
  • EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium. 
  • Entities composed of members (like for instance networks) may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible). 
  • Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).
  • Special rules apply for certain entities (e.g. entities subject to EU restrictive measures under Article 29 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) and Article 215 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) and entities covered by Commission Guidelines No 2013/C 205/05). Such entities are not eligible to participate in any capacity, including as beneficiaries, affiliated entities, associated partners, subcontractors or recipients of financial support to third parties (if any).

other eligibility criteria

Each project should include training activities that are tailored to the daily professional needs, practical, interactive and accessible to all learners, including practitioners with disabilities, irrespective of the format(s) of the activities: face-toface, blended, hybrid or online format.

The gender equality perspective should be taken into account when designing the ‘format’ of the training activities and gender balanced participation in training activities must be promoted and ensured. Moreover, a gender-sensitive approach should be taken for the identification of best practices, data collection (including sex-disaggregated statistics) and information dissemination.

Training activities must include participants from different participating countries. For face-to-face or hybrid activities – when they can take place in view of the sanitary situation, travel and accommodation costs of the participants should be planned.

While the pandemic situation has improved, all projects should plan the possible disruption of travel and face-to-face activities, so that such disruption does not hinder reaching the project’s objectives and implementing its activities.

 This call may support training activities such as:

  • organisation of interactive, practice-oriented seminars;
  • multilateral exchanges between justice professionals;
  • cross-border initial training activities (online, face-to-face activities or exchanges), covering as many Member States as possible, to create a common European legal culture from the moment of entering a justice profession;
  • training activities on the use of digital justice tools, in particular with regard to the priority topics set out above, including i.a. on the European e-Justice Portal, in combination with training on legal topics; -
  • joint study visits to European courts (such as the CJEU and the ECHR) by justice professionals from as many different Member States as possible;
  • creation of training material, whether for presential learning, blended learning or e-learning, ready-to-use either by trainers or by practitioners for self-learning, in combination with the organisation of training activities, including the creation of ‘Capsule’ e-training (short, up to date, tightly focused) to address justice professionals’ immediate needs in the context of a concrete case;
  • pilot innovative online training using latest methodologies and tools;
  • update and/or translation of existing training material possibly combined with adaptation to national settings, in combination with the organisation of crossborder training activities;
  • creation of tools or activities for training providers (for example: train-the-trainers on active and modern adult learning techniques, train-the-trainers on online training skills and tools, tools to support the organisation of cross-border training, etc.), including to facilitate their cooperation at EU-level;
  • evaluation of the organised training activities on the basis of the participants’ satisfaction, increased competence and, where possible, impact on their performance.

These training activities will be funded only when there is no equivalent activity which is already covered by the operating grant of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN).

Training activities can take place in the context of initial training (pre-service or induction period – for example training activities to familiarise newly appointed justice professionals with EU legislation and judicial cooperation instruments) or continuous training of the participants (for example more specialised training activities for practicing justice professionals).

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Justice, Safety & Security

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

12-24 months (max. 36 months)

Additional Information

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funders & Tenders Portal electronic submission system (accessible via the topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible.

Proposals must be complete and contain all parts and mandatory annexes and supporting documents, e.g. plan for the exploitation and dissemination of the results including communication activities, etc.

The application form will have three parts:

  • Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
  • Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded) 
  • Part C (to be filled in directly online) containing additional project data, including mandatory indicators

Annexes and supporting documents will be directly available in the submission system and must be uploaded as PDF files (or other formats allowed by the system).

Mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded): 

  • detailed budget table (template available in the Portal Submission System – to be re-uploaded filled out in the format xlsx); 
  • CVs (standard) of core project team (or, where the key personnel is not yet known, a job profile description) 
  • activity report of last year of the coordinator (unless it is a public body) 
  • list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B) 
  • for participants with activities involving children: their child protection policy covering the four areas described in the Keeping Children Safe Child Safeguarding Standards

The limit for a full application (Part B) is 45 pages.

The grant will be a lump sum grant.

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