General Assembly ENCJ 2015

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ENCJ gathers in The Hague

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Promoting effective justice systems

The 2015 General Assembly of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) meets in The Hague on 3-5 June. General theme of the Assembly in the Peace Palace will be ‘promoting effective justice systems.’

The ENCJ gathering will kick off at the headquarters of the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary in The Hague on Wednesday 3 June, with a closed door session on administrative matters and the election of Board Members. The opening reception for all participants will be co-hosted by the Mayor of The Hague and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Jozias van Aartsen.

The opening remarks at the General Assembly in the Peace Palace will be delivered by ENCJ President and Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales Sir Geoffrey Vos, by the chairman of the Netherlands Council for the Judiciary Frits Bakker, by European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová and by Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Union Eleanor Sharpston.

On 4 and 5 June peer sessions will be held on effective justice systems, Draft ENCJ Reports will be adopted, the work plan for 2015-2016 will be discussed and the declaration of The Hague will be adopted.

The ENCJ was formally established in 2004 and unites Councils for the Judiciary or similar institutions of the Member States in the European Union. It reinforces an independent yet accountable Judiciary and promotes best practices to enable the Judiciary to deliver timely and effective justice.