EuroMed Justice III came to a close on 11th March in Barcelona. The European Commission and the beneficiary countries consider the project a success.
EuroMed Justice III is the third phase of a regional project financed with a grant of five million euros by the European Commission. Since September 2011, the FIIAPP has managed the project as a partner of a consortium lead by EIPA and in close collaboration with two other partners: SOFRECO andIRZ.
The FIIAPP benefited from the participation of two key experts over the course of the project, Andrés Salcedo, project manager and magistrate, and José María Fernández Villalobos, key expert on the subject of training.
EuroMed is a regional project that aims to bring together various countries in the Mediterranean area: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. Another objective was to agree on common lines to be reflected in research reports and manuals.
The EuroMed Justice III project requires conclusions and regional agreements, and the heterogeneity of the various beneficiary countries made reaching these agreements difficult. Nonetheless, all the decisions and agreements taken under this project were unanimous, which reflects the countries’ degree of commitment and cooperation in the activities in which they participated.
Despite the unstable political situation of some of the beneficiary countries and political changes derived from the Arab Spring, the project was deemed a success by the European Commission, to the extent that a EuroMed Justice IV project is under consideration.
The cooperation and collaborationof the Mediterranean countries, both intra-regionally (between the MEDA countries themselves) and inter-regionally (with the EU), are basic tools for transferring best practices, reaching a consensus on commonly-accepted legal parameters and supporting countries in reforms such as modernization of justice systems.