Second Meeting of the ECJJ - 2010 Rome

With the objective of promoting the advances reached since its constitution and of establishing narrower lines of collaboration between its members, on the 11 of November 2010 the Second Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice was celebrated in Rome, within the framework of the Fourth International Conference of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

This Second Meeting relied on the collaboration of the Department of Juvenile Justice of the Ministry of Justice of Italy, as host country of said conference, holding the meeting of the Council in the Instituto Centrale di Formazione del Personale del Dipartimento per la Giustizia Minorile of the Ministry of Justice.

The Meeting was inaugurated by the Director General of the Department of Juvenile Justice of the Ministry of Justice of Italy, Dr. Serenela Pesarin, the Chairwoman of the European Observatory of Juvenile Justice, Mrs. Sylvie Rousteau, and the Chairman of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Dr. Francisco Legaz Cervantes; noticeable among all of them was the will to promote a European juvenile justice of integration, which makes possible a future for all and every one of the children and young people that find themselves in conflict with the law.

The Second Meeting of the European Council of Justice counted on the participation of more than 70 professionals and experts linked or belonging to the corresponding sections of the Council: Civil Services Section, NGO Section, Academic Section, representing the 27 member states.

It has to be pointed out that in this Meeting the EJJO had the honor of being able to rely on the participation of Mr. Aleksandar Romanovic, member of the Directorate-General of Justice of the European Commission and of Mrs. Ruth Farrugia, representative of the European Council, who stated the priorities and the activities developed by their organizations, respectively through the Declaration of the Protection of the Rights of Childhood 2011-2014 and the Guidelines of the Council of Europe for Child-friendly Justice.

Throughout the course of the Meeting some of most relevant themes and worries put forward by the participants of the First Meeting in 2009 were the object of discussion, among which were listed: the application of international standards in European juvenile justice systems, the contribution of the academic world and research in the implementation of international standards and how the process of social and work place integration of minors and young offenders is key in the fight against recidivism.

The results of the work developed by the participants in each of the Sections of the European Council for Juvenile Justice in this Second Meeting will be presented before the competent European institutions, and more specifically before the European Commission, through three Green Papers coordinated by three experts on each one of the debated themes. The themes and experts responsible for the coordination for everyone of them are below:

This Meeting was supported by the European Commission and financed by its Directorate-General of Justice.