Working with Passerelle and Fiona Murray on the European Justice Stakeholder Forum project has always been a pleasure. Their proposals were creative, competent, constructive and delivered prefectly on time.
Professional, efficient, results-focused. I highly applaud Passerelle’s initiative in creating the European Justice Stakeholder Forum. The forum serves a valuable need for a platform for high level discussion and consensus between EU law makers and civil society on major cross-cutting challenges affecting the legal profession, rule of law and access to justice for Europe’s citizens.
Let me first say that I find the New European Justice Stakeholders Forum an excellent idea. I see from the concept note that it is a forum where all relevant stakeholders and policymakers from the European Commission, the European Parliament, Member States, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe can meet to get to know one another, discuss key issues and new challenges, share best practices, support and inform policymakers and engage in policymaking. This should be a very important contribution to our efforts to establish the rule of law.
The European Justice Stakeholders Forum brings together legal practitioners and policymakers. Once again, at the 3rd EJSF plenary in November 2018, the discussions raised many ideas on what lawyers, judges and even individual citizens can do to maintain, defend and strengthen the EU values. It was both a pleasure and an honour to participate.
Making Fundamental Rights a reality depends on an independent and impartial judiciary; in the machine room of the ship of fundamental rights we need effective law and justice! It is thus core to have initiatives like the EJSF. The forum allows for discussion and engagement between legal practitioners and policymakers on how best to address current challenges.