On Wednesday, 7 September 2022, the representatives of the European Judicial Networks – the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union (ACA-Europe), the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ), the European Association of Judges (EAJ) and the Network of the Presidents of the Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union – met in Brussels with the Vice-President and various Members of the European Parliament and the Commissioner for Justice.
The Meeting with the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ms. Katarina Barley, and the Members of the Parliament, Ms. Malin Björk, Mr. Jeroen Lenaers, Mr. Sergey Lagodinsky and Ms. Sophie in ’t Veld, allowed an exchange of views on further efforts to improve and safeguard the independence of the judiciary in the Member States of the European Union.
The Meeting with the Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Didier Reynders, also focused on the challenges to the rule of law and provided inter alia an opportunity to discuss further cooperation between the Commission and the Networks on these questions.
Mrs. Bettina Limperg, President of the Network, stresses the importance of dialogue between the Judicial Networks and the European Institutions: “Upholding the rule of law is not the obligation of European Union Institutions only but the duty of us all. Open and regular dialogue – which I hope continues in the future – helps all sides, including the judiciaries, to contribute effectively to the promotion and protection of the rule of law.”