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Monday 26th of June 2017

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Fifth Meeting of the ECJJ

Fifth Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice (ECJJ)

The first and foremost purpose of the Fifth Meeting of the European Council for Juvenile Justice was to define child-friendly justice priorities in the context of the implementation of the new EU Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings.

The meeting took place in Valencia (Spain) from February 15th to 17th of 2017, focusing primarily on the right of the child to be heard and the effective child participation in the justice systems. In addition, the following topics were addressed on the basis of ECJJ’s working groups:

  • Working group on all forms of detention and alternatives
  • Working group on restorative approaches.
  • Working group on procedural safeguards and child friendly justice
  • Working group on countering violent extremism

The meeting allowed participants to attend workshops on those topics and to work together on the production of several policy papers reflecting the position of the ECJJ on such issues.

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