The Committee of Ministers has entrusted the CCJE for 2015, having regard to Recommendation Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities, with the preparation and adoption, in 2015, of an opinion for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions. The draft opinion on the independence of the judiciary and its relationships with the other powers in a modern democratic state will be submitted for adoption at the 16th plenary meeting of the CCJE, from 14 to 16 October 2015 in London.

Working party

The first meeting of the working party in charge of drafting the opinion took place in Strasbourg, from 18 to 20 March 2015. The second meeting took place in Bergen (Norway) from 3 to 5 June 2015.

The composition of the Working group was as follows:


  • Mr Orlando AFONSO (Portugal)
  • Ms Aneta ARNAUDOVSKA ("Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia")
  • Mr José Francisco COBO SÀENZ (Spain)
  • Ms Aida-Rodica POPA (Romania)
  • Mr Gerhard REISSNER (Austria)
  • Ms Maia ROUSSEVA (Bulgaria)
  • Mr Raffaele SABATO (Italy)
  • Mr Duro SESSA (Croatia)


  • M. Gerassimos FOURLANOS (Grèce)
  • M. Burak BENLI (Turquie)
  • M. Jean-Claude WIWINIUS (Luxembourg)

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Conferences and other events

Statement of Judge Anke Eilers (Germany), CCJE President, on the occasion of her second mandate as the CCJE President (January 2023) link

Judge Anke Eilers (Germany), CCJE President, took part in the Conference on the justice system of Ukraine in wartime and national and international legal dimensions held on 7 October 2022 link

Judge Anke Eilers (Germany), CCJE President, took part in the International Round Table on shaping judicial councils to meet contemporary challenges on 21-22 March 2022 in Rome, Italy, organised within the framework of the Italian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers link