The EuroMed Justice II project will set up a working group for each one of the 3 components (Access to Justice and Legal Aid; Resolution of cross-border family conflicts; and Criminal and Prison Law), composed of high-level officials and legal professionals from the Mediterranean and European Union countries. The aim of each Working Group will be to carry out an in-depth analysis of the situation and to draw up specific proposals about the core issues of every Working Group. More concretely, we consider that the end product of the work of the Working Groups should be a Policy Paper with the following contents:
- A presentation of the status quo in each Mediterranean Partner country as well as their regional vision. Such analysis will include setting out a basic line for each one of the countries concerned with respect to compliance with international standards in general and European standards in particular in the components covered by the Project.
- A comparative analysis emphasising the minimum principles or bases that should inspire national laws in order for them to be in line with the identified international standards. This analysis should take into account the peculiar features of the countries of this region.
- An inventory of specific proposals and recommendations about the essential aspects covered by the study. The said documents will be valuable inputs for the Project, considering that through the Project one intends to make decision-makers and policy-makers of public policies in the Mediterranean Partner countries aware of the timeliness of launching legislative reforms processes in the key areas of the project, and to transpose, ratify and implement international conventions in civil, penal and penitentiary fields. The Policy Papers drafted by each of the three Working Groups will be approved by the EC and subject to debate during the Regional Conference planned at the end of the first year. Moreover, the topics covered by the policy papers will be analysed thoroughly during the training seminars. In fact, we consider that the Working Groups should contribute to identify the contents of the seminars and to define the training module that will be developed for each component.