The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (PFUE) began on 1 January 2022 and ends on 30 June. This is the 13th French presidency and the first since the Treaty of Lisbon, which came into force on 1 December 2009. The presidency is part of a joint programme established with two other Member States, the Czech Republic and Sweden (known as a "Trio"), which will hold the presidency in turn after France.

During this term, France, from its position at the centre of the European stage, is endeavouring to drive the European project forward, in conjunction with the other European institutions (European Council, Commission and Parliament), on the basis of the programme drawn up by the Trio and a number of French proposals. In particular, its role is to steer negotiations, implement compromises and agreements on ongoing legislative files and move forward with an ambitious agenda for the future of the European Union. To build a more inclusive and sovereign Europe, the French presidency is focusing on 3 notions: "Recovery, Strength and a Sense of Belonging".

 

The priorities of the Ministry for Justice cover three thematic priorities:

  • Protective Europe
  • Digital technology
  • The environment

The ENM has an important role to play in this context, that of contributing to extending France's reach and influence within Europe. The School will thus be involved in the government's actions to contribute to moving Europe forward and promoting Europe as a relevant player in the face of global challenges, whether they relate to health, environment, social or security issues. To tie in with these themes, the ENM has therefore devised 12 training actions under the "PFUE" label, each one connected to at least one of the Ministry of Justice's 3 priority issues mentioned above.

 

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EUROPEAN JUDICIAL STUDIES CYCLE (CEJUE)

The aim of this new training cycle designed for European judges, prosecutors and lawyers is to create a "European reflex" and build a European judicial community of excellence.

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THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE

This training cycle presents the structure and working methods of the European Public Prosecutor's Office for judges and prosecutors who will need to work with the Office without being part of it and who have a role to play either when it is seised or during investigations.

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THE INITIAL TRAINING OF JUSTICE PROFESSIONALS IN SUPPORT OF THE RULE OF LAW

This event will bring together different judicial actors from around Europe (judges and prosecutors, lawyers, court clerks, etc.) and will focus on the notion of the Rule of Law, with practical workshops where they can work together on the independence and impartiality of the justice system, the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, judicial control of the law and preliminary questions.

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JUST GREEN CHALLENGE

This event is designed in the form of a challenge: 3 teams made up of participants from different European Union countries (future and serving judges and prosecutors, investigators) will take part in quizzes and a digital "serious game" simulating an international investigation, on the theme of "Combating the trafficking of protected species".

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JUSTFREE

The JUSTFREE project aims to strengthen freedom of expression in the European Union. This seminar will be specifically devoted to the protection of the freedom of expression of judges and prosecutors - and the recent changes - in light of European Union law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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TOWARDS A HARMONISATION OF ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES IN THE EU

This conference, aimed at an audience of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and students, will address the issue of the integration into EU law of the offence of bribery of foreign public officials, the adoption of a harmonised system at European level for detecting corruption in large corporations and the adoption of the Judicial Public Interest Agreement (CJIP).

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LAW ON COMPANIES IN DISTRESS, RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY (INSOLVENCY II)

In order to deal more effectively with the repercussions of the public health crisis in the European economy, this event is intended to foster judicial inter-professional cooperation with a view to ensuring the effective and appropriate application of the EU Directive on Restructuring and Insolvency of 20 June 2019. The training sessions are for judges and insolvency practitioners as well as interested European lawyers and court clerks and are intended to support the transposition of the Directive in the different EU Member States, in particular by sharing experiences and practices.

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THE DIGITAL TOOLS AVAILABLE TO THE COMMERCIAL COURT JUDGE

The aim of this practical course is to enable commercial court judges (or similar) to master the new digital tools they now have at their disposal, in order to contribute to improving the quality of their decisions.

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THE JUDGE OR PROSECUTOR AND THE EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

This is a conference for judges and prosecutors working in the ordinary and the administrative courts, as well as lawyers and specialised academics. It will focus on two questions: how to invoke the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and why do so?

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN JUDICIAL TRAINING NETWORK (EJTN).

This event will bring together all the members of the EJTN, of which the ENM is a founder member, in the Grand Salon at the Sorbonne. The network's role is to foster the emergence of a genuine "judicial area" and to promote knowledge of the different legal systems as well as better understanding, trust and cooperation between the judges and prosecutors of the Member States of the European Union.

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VICTI - THE PLACE OF VICTIMS IN "EXCEPTIONAL" CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS

Launch of the European VICTI project which aims to reinforce victims' rights in "exceptional" criminal prosecutions. 3 seminars for legal practitioners will be organised in 2022 and 2023 covering three aspects: the investigation, the trial and compensation. The International Department of the ENM and the scientific committee are due to start work in April 2022 on the first seminar, which will be held in Paris.

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