The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice

European Day of Justice
Vilnius, 25 October 2012


Premises of the Ministry of Justice
Gedimino av. 30, Vilnius
Interpretation to English and French

8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants
9:00 – 9:30 Opening speeches

      ü Mr. Remigijus Šimašius, Minister of Justice of Lithuania
      ü Mr. Gintaras Kryževicius, The Chairman of the Judicial Council, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Lithuania
      ü Video message from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland
      ü Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe,
      ü Ms Paraskevi Michou, Director Civil Justice, European Commission,

9:30 – 10:00 Mediation in Europe: findings of the CEPEJ’s report “European judicial systems – Edition 2012
Stéphane Leyenberger, Secretary of the CEPEJ:

10:00 – 10:45 Norwegian experiences related to mediation
Judge Heidi Heggdal, Oslo District Court (Norway)

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20 Mediation in Lithuania: challenges and opportunities
Dr. Rimantas Simaitis, Associated Professor of Vilnius University, Attorney-at-Law, Mediator, former president of CEPEJ mediation experts working group CEPEJ-GT-MED

11:20 – 11:45 Understanding mediation in Lithuania

      Dr. doc. Natalija Kaminskiene, Mykolas Romeris university, Head of Mediation department:

11:45 – 12:15 Presentation of the best student thesis on mediation

      Mediation in education institutions
      Student Aridana Jurkucioniene
      Mediation in companys management
      Student Agne Piškinaite

12:15 – 12:45 Press conference

Participants walk to the Restaurant

Restaurant Neringa
Gedimino av. 23, Vilnius [near the Ministry of Justice]

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

Transportation provided for the participants from the restaurant Neringa to the cinema Pasaka

Cinema Pasaka
Šv.Ignoto str. 4/3, Vilnius
Interpretation English - Lithuanian

14:00 – 16:00 Review of short films on mediation

      Awarding ceremony to authors of the best short film

Participants walk to the Hotel Artis

Liejyklos St. 11/ 23, Vilnius [near the cinema Pasaka]
Interpretation English - French

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize – awarding ceremony

      Opening speech by the Co-Moderators: Ms Salla Saastamoinen, Head of Unit , Civil justice policy unit, European Commission and Mr John Stacey, President of the CEPEJ

      Video-message of Vice-President of the European Commission,
      Ms. Viviane Reding

      Presentation of the selected projects
      Awarding of the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize and the three special mentions

      Press conference

18:30 Cocktail drinks

In the morning of 26 October, from 9.30 to 11 am, Sightseeing in the Old town of Vilnius