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Parliamentary questions
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19 January 2015
Question for written answer E-000626-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Traian Ungureanu (PPE)

 Subject:  Training of legal practitioners
 Answer in writing 

The 2014 report on European judicial training shows that in 2013 more than 94 000 legal practitioners were trained in EC law or the national law of another Member State.

In 2011 the Commission set the target that half (around 700 000) of all legal practitioners (judges, prosecutors, court staff, lawyers, notaries and bailiffs) should attend training in EC law between 2011 and 2020.

Although substantial progress has been made in this area, more still needs to be done in order to reach this ambitious target.

The training needs of legal practitioners have still not been fully met and the situation varies between legal professions and between Member States. Legal practitioners still face obstacles to taking part in training activities, including a lack of time, insufficient budgetary resources and a lack of training courses covering EC law.

What kind of action does the Commission intend to take to further promote European judicial training across the Member States and to ensure that the target set for 2020 can be reached?

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