The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

Programme: "Enhancing judicial reform in the Eastern Partnership countries"

This joint programme, financed by the European Union and implemented by the Directorate General for Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe concerns the reform of judicial systems of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The objective is to identify legal and practical obstacles to the implementation of the relevant European standards in the areas of concern and to formulate  recommendations and best practices to address these obstacles.


Project description sheet

Powerpoint presentation



[October 2013]


Eastern Partnership Justice and Home Affairs ministers to discuss progress in cooperation regularly

Justice and Home Affairs ministers from the EU Member States and Eastern Partners in their first meeting on October 7–8 in Luxembourg have underlined the importance of judicial and law-enforcement cooperation, best practice sharing and further reforms and have agreed to meet regularly to monitor progress and set political guidelines for cooperation.

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Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to attend the first EU Eastern Partnership and Home Affairs ministerial meeting in Luxembourg
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, will attend the first EU Eastern Partnership and Home Affairs ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, on 7 October. The meeting, co-chaired by the Lithuanian Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, will gather the Ministers of Justice of the 28 EU Member states and six Eastern Partner countries to discuss justice, mobility and migration and security issues. The Secretary General will share with the Ministers the results of the joint Council of Europe and European Union project on “Enhancing Judicial Reform in the Eastern Partnership Countries”. The aim of the joint project, which has been implemented by the Council of Europe since March 2011, is to support the on-going process of reforms in the Eastern Partners, with a view to increasing the independence, efficiency and professionalism of judges. In particular, the project assessed to which extent the legislation and practice of the Eastern Partners meet Council of Europe’s standards, and it reviewed the efficiency of the judicial systems based on CEPEJ methodology and tools.

More information about the meeting



Eastern partnership:  Enhancing judicial reform in the Eastern Partnership countries - PROJECT REPORT - Working group on "Efficient Judicial Systems" - March 2013. This report is also available in Russian.

Report on Lawyers (English / Russian) [May 2012]

Report on Training of Judges (English / Russian)  [May 2012]







Targeted co-operation with member States

Joint programme: "Strengthening the Court Management System in Turkey" (JP COMASYT)

Strengthening democratic reform in the southern Neighbourhood (Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan)

Support to the Jordanian authorities in improving the quality and efficiency of the Jordanian justice system

Enhancing judicial reform in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine)

Increase the efficiency of the Albanian justice system, in line with European standards

Cooperation Programme between Croatia and the CEPEJ funded by Norway Grants

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