Honourable Luigi Berlinguer, Member of the European Parliament, held his
speech about the European Parliaments pilot project on judicial training.
Mr. Berlinguer stated that here has been a fundamental change in the European
Parliaments approach towards judicial training. Because of the entry into force
of the Lisbon treaty, the objectives set down in the Stockholm programme, and an
enormous European ius commune, the role of the members of the judiciary and
judicial staff becomes crucial.
All judicial authorities should have an in depth knowledge of the European
legal instruments in this field, a sufficient knowledge of foreign languages and
legal terminology. Training activities should include staff exchanges, study
visits, working shops, seminars, the development of online modules, based on
information communication technologies and a further development of e-learning
tools. Mr. Berlinguer pointed out that these activities should be organised and
promoted by already existing specialized bodies and organisations.
Judges are not be addressed as children sitting behind desks, waiting to be
taught a lesson. Their starting point, Mr. Berlinguer underlined, should be not
so much a general approach, but rather individual cases, individual problems
that judges have to deal with.
A key role should be played by the existing legal networks which should
coordinate the action on the various national structures without replacing
The EU should support member states best practices and encourage successful
institutions such as EU law coordinators and other examples in Italy and The
Netherlands. This is, as Mr. Berlinguer emphasized, also the aim of the pilot
project which is scheduled and run already at the end of 2012. It is of a
paramount importance to create networks of judges of different cultures and
improve of the coordinating of existing networks in order to create circles of
This is, as Mr. Berlinguer concluded, the philosophy of today: relations in
an interconnected world. Europe interconnected is the reason why we are