The project will build and enhance capacities and enrich experience to the justice sector actors for concise understanding of the EU acquis and alignment with relevant international standards and best practices in the field of Judiciary, Anticorruption, Fundamental Rights, EU citizen’s rights and other areas in its competence, through training and comparative experiences with the twinning partner, in order to contribute to better policy making, higher quality legal drafting and legal harmonization in the pre-accession and post-accession and therefore better functioning of the justice system in general. Also it is expected to support and strengthen the capacities of the MoJ officials, judges, prosecutors and other justice sector stakeholders in conducting assessment and compliance of national legislation, to develop general and specific knowledge to work professionally both in a national and European context, effective communication and cooperation with the EU institutions. It will prepare the relevant justice sector actors for the decision-making process within the EU institutions and address remaining and outstanding issues before accession to the EU.
To summarize, the main objective of the project is to support the justice sector institutions in consolidation of the Rule of Law by strengthening their capacities and by assisting in alignment of the national law with the EU acquis and key human rights instruments of the Council of Europe.
The project started on December 20, 2015 and the implementation period is 21 months. It is funded by the European Union with a total budget of 1.000.000 Euros.
The project is focusing on three important components:
- Enhancing the capacities of the MoJ to professionally execute its functions in the pre-and-post EU accession process and development of comprehensive IT solutions for access to legislation.
- Improving the knowledge and capacities of relevant justice sector actors on the EU acquis and other international justice standards in view of fostering their transposition into the national law.
- Screening of current legislative and structural system for execution of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments and needs assessment in this regard.
Within the project, Latvia and Croatia will provide support, advice, exchange of good practices, guidance based on information and inputs gathered from the colleagues of the beneficiary country. The expected results are as follows:
- improved administrative capacities and effectiveness of the departments of the MoJ;
- assistance in transposition of EU law and assessment of compliance of national law with EU law;
- tailor made self-sustaining training programmes drafted;
- training sessions for the MoJ staff;
- assistance to the IT department of the MoJ provided to further improve the IT sphere with new ideas and recommendations that are in line with Justice Sector Reform Strategy;
- improved Web page of the MoJ and the LDBIS legislation database;
- improved efficiency of the mechanisms for strengthening the monitoring of application of European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), state representation in the ECtHR, enforcement of ECtHR judgments and legal profession awareness of the ECtHR case law;
- judges, prosecutors, court staff and lawyers trained about the ECHR standards, the ECtHR judgments and the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as about the general overview of the EU acquis;
- public awareness activities about the MoJ functions and the EU provided.
WHAT IS TWINNING?
Twinning is one of the principal tools of Institution Building accession assistance. Twinning aims to help beneficiary countries in the development of modern and efficient administrations, with the structures, human resources and management skills needed to implement the acquis communautaire to the same standards as Member States (MS).
Twinning not only provides technical and administrative assistance, but also helps to build long-term relationships between existing and future MS countries. Each twinning project has a Resident Twinning Adviser (RTA) and at least one Project Leader. They are supplemented by carefully planned and timed missions of other specialists, training events, awareness raising visits, etc. to accompany the reform process towards the targeted result.