The objective of the program is to share experiences and initiatives that promote citizen confidence and satisfaction in the judicial services offered by the Dominican Judicial Branch.
The European Union and the Dominican Judiciary have launched a new EU-funded Twinning project aimed at supporting justice in the Dominican Republic. The programme will work on the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Judiciary of the Dominican Republic, Vision Justice 20/24.
The launch event was chaired by the Ambassador of the European Union, Katja Afheldt and the President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Magistrate Luis Henry Molina Peña.
The Ambassador of the European Union said during the activity that “this country has embarked on a fight against impunity and the promotion of transparency in all instances. In June this year, we awarded the European Human Rights Prize to the Attorney General of the Republic for her commitment to the fight against corruption and impunity. With the twinning programme we are launching, we want to contribute to the Dominican Republic’s judicial system meeting the expectations of its citizens.
“Judges have an important role to play in this transformation: to ensure that “no one is above the law” in the administration of justice, and thus contribute to the fight against impunity, guaranteeing the proper functioning of the rule of law,” said the ambassador.
For his part, Magistrate Molina Peña assured that “the project bears fruit in the configuration of an institutional and working body in tune with the new management culture and its consequent impact on a modern justice system, which channels actions to improve performance, achieving an efficient, inclusive and reliable justice system”.
The main objective of the Twinning project is to share experiences and support initiatives that promote trust and citizen satisfaction in the judicial services offered by the Dominican Judicial Branch at the national level. It will focus on three components: the establishment of an integral management model based on quality, the improvement of quality and satisfaction in the attention of users, and the reinforcement of judicial integrity.
The Dominican Republic is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to benefit from this programme financed by the European Union, which allows the exchange of experiences and good practices between twinned countries in order to optimise the quality of public services.
On this occasion, experts from the public administrations of Spain and Germany, who will work together with members of the judiciary for a period of 24 months, will accompany the programme.
This cooperation initiative is implemented by the International Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. In order to achieve the objectives, the Project is accompanied by Magistrate Luis de Arcos Pérez, Project leader on the Spanish side and Magistrate Octavia Fernández Curi, member of the Judicial Council and Project leader on the Dominican side, as well as Spanish and Dominican experts with extensive experience and knowledge in the administration of justice.