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The Justice Programme aims to foster mutual recognition and mutual trust between Member States. It promotes judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, helps train judges and other legal practitioners and facilitates effective access to justice for individuals and businesses throughout Europe. The Justice programme has been put in place to ensure that Union law is fully and consistently applied.
The Programme is managed by the EU DG Justice

Information on the programme

Legal basis

The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides for the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice in which people are free to move. To this end, the Union can take measures to develop judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, as well as promote and support the action of the Member States in the field of crime prevention. In the further development of a European area of justice, respect for fundamental rights as well as common principles such as non-discrimination, gender equality, effective access to justice for all, the rule of law and an independent, well-functioning judicial system must be ensured. 


The general objective of the program is to contribute to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust, through the promotion of judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters. The programme includes three main priorities:

  • Judicial cooperation in civil and criminal matters, in order to promote the rule of law, independence and impartiality of the judiciary, including by supporting the efforts to improve the effectiveness of national justice systems, and the effective enforcement of decisions;
  • Judicial training, with a view to fostering a common legal, judicial and rule of law culture, as well as the consistent and effective implementation of the Union’s legal instruments relevant to civil law, criminal law and fundamental rights, to judicial ethics and the rule of law, by covering training needs' gaps in these fields;
  • Effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings, in order to facilitate effective and non-discriminatory access to justice for all, and effective redress, including by electronic means (e-justice), by promoting efficient civil, and criminal procedures, and by promoting and supporting the rights of all victims of crime as well as the procedural rights of suspects and accused persons in criminal proceedings.

Duration and budget

The Justice Programme 2021-2027 started on 1 January 2021 and will finish on 31 December 2027. The budget for the entire duration is € 300 million.

How to participate

Participant Identification Code (PIC)

To submit any proposal under the DG Justice calls participating institutions need to be identified with a European Participant Identification Code (PIC)
The PIC for the University of Florence is 999895789.

Forms and Guidelines

Eligibility Conditions

Each call promoted by the DG Justice has its own eligibility conditions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully check relevant eligibility conditions before starting to prepare their applications.


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