Within the project managed by the Supreme Court "Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in the European Union", from18 to 20 January the Head of the Administration Sandra Lapina, Head of Division of Document Administration Janis Supe, Press secretary of the Division of Communication Baiba Kataja, Scientific adviser to the Division of Case-law and Research Aleksandrs Potaicuks and advisor on EU law issues Solvita Harbacevica visited the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for exchange of experience. Representatives from Supreme Courts of Lithuania, Spain and Hungary also participated.

The central event of the visit was a round table discussion on research issues of the project. Koen Lenaerts, President of the European Court of Justice, participated in discussions. The president in his speech expressed his high evaluation on the project which promotes the exchange of good practice between the Supreme Courts of the Member states of the European Union. K. Lenaerts stressed that horizontal cooperation between the Supreme Courts is welcomed and expressed the hope that the project will make a significant contribution to cooperation and improvement of work efficiency of the Supreme Courts.

Visitors participated at the hearing, as well as gained an insight into the daily work of the Court. During the meeting, the judge Z. Csehi from Hungary and the court secretary E. Gabaldon Codesido presented the work of the court, as well as told about the procedures that should be observed by national courts when addressing preliminary issue to the European Court of Justice. The employee of the Research and Documentation Directorate-General M. Borkoveca told about the work of the directorate and gave practical advice on where and how the court staff can find detailed information on pending cases of the European Court of Justice. There were also individual meetings with employee of the Chancery M. Aleksejevs, who shared experiences of work of the Chancery, and with the head of the Communications Directorate G.Valasidis who presented the recent initiatives of the European Court of Justice in the field of communications. C. Schmidt, assistant of the judge Egils Levits, presented the current case law of the European Court of Justice.

Participants of the experience exchange trip met with all the European Court of Justice judges who are from Latvia - Egils Levits, Ingrida Labucka and Inga Reine, who answered the questions on work organization of the Court.

The visit ended with a tour in the library of the European Court of Justice, where J. Kuerten, administrator of the library, presented the possibilities of using the materials available in library.

Project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for effectiveness of judicial systems in the European Union” is financed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice, headed by the Supreme Court of Latvia, with participation of the Supreme Courts of Lithuania, Spain and Hungary, as well as Universities of Antwerp (Belgium) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).


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Janis Supe, Manager of the Project


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