The Justice programme is the EU’s funding programme to support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. Read more about the Justice Programme.
This call will support national and trasnational projects that promote judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters.
The aim of this call is to contribute to the effective and coherent application of the EU acquis relating to judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters thus strengthening mutual trust.
The main objectives are to facilitate and support judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, and to promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems, and the effective enforcement of decisions.
The priorities for 2022 are:
- Judicial cooperation in civil matters
- Judicial cooperation in criminal matters
- Support to the Member States for the setting up and strengthening of national networks active in the area of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters
For more information on the priorities, please see page 6 of the Call document.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
+ be legal entities (public or private bodies)
+ be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs), excluding Denmark
- non-EU countries: countries associated to the Justice Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
In addition, under the priorities 1 and 2 the applicants must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies);
- Organisations which are profit-oriented must submit applications in partnership with public entities or private non-profit-oriented organisations;
- be transnational and involve organisations from at least two participating countries.
In addition, under the priority 3, the applicants must:
- in the area of civil and commercial matters, the application must be submitted by the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters, or by the national authorities, courts and professional associations representing the officially appointed members of EJN in civil and commercial matters;
- in the area of criminal matters, the application must be submitted by national authorities, courts, prosecution services and professional associations representing them;
- Only one application per participating country will be accepted. Projects do not need to have a transnational aspect.
- for priorities 1 and 2, proposals must be submitted by a consortium complying with the following conditions:
- The applications must involve minimum 2 entities (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities) from 2 different eligible countries.
- The consortium must include at least one public body, private non-profit organisation or international organisation as beneficiary (not as affiliated entity).
- for priority 3, proposals by single applicants are allowed.
Projects should normally range between 12 and 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).
Project budgets are expected to range: the EU grant applied for cannot be lower than € 75 000. There is no upper limit.