First Meeting of the ECJJ 2009 Paris and Brussels

With the aim of presenting the activities and structure of the European Council for Juvenile Justice (ECJJ) to representatives of public administrations, universities and NGOs involved in the field of juvenile justice in Europe, three cooperation meetings were organised in Paris and Brussels towards the end of 2009. In each of the meetings, the specificities of one particular section of the European Council for Juvenile Justice were addressed. The meetings organised also gave the members of the Council the opportunity to meet for the first time, and discuss contemporary issues in the field of juvenile justice.

On the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2009, the first cooperation meeting of the ECJJ was held in Paris under the aegis of the French Ministry of Justice. Titled “Towards a European Common Strategy in Juvenile Justice”, this meeting presented the goals and the further functioning of the ECJJ to representatives of national bodies in charge of juvenile justice. Hence, the Paris meeting gathered members of Departments and Ministries of Justice from the twenty-seven Member States of the European Union. This meeting also constituted the first meeting of the Public Administration Section of the ECJJ.

The second cooperation meeting was organised on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2009 in Brussels. This meeting gathered organisations and professionals active in the field of juvenile justice with a thorough field understanding and experience with interventions on the ground in the Member States of the European Union. The meeting in Brussels was the first meeting of what would become the NGO Section of the ECJJ. During this meeting, the goals and the further functioning of the European Council for Juvenile Justice were presented under the title: “A Key Message from NGOs across Europe”. Lastly, the meeting organised in Brussels gave the then upcoming members of the Council’s NGO section the opportunity to determine the aspects of juvenile justice they wished to work on during the following months and encounters.

The third and final meeting organised in late 2009 gave academics working in the field of juvenile justice the opportunity to gather for the first time, and to learn about the goals and further functioning of the ECJJ. Moreover, this meeting enabled the participants to discuss and address relevant issues and topics in the field of juvenile justice. Held on the 16th and 17th of December 2009 under the aegis of the French Ministry of Justice in Paris, this meeting also provided for the establishment of the Academic Section of the ECJJ, and closed the first round of Council meetings.