Alain Nuee’s mission in Croatia : EEEI recognized as a pool of specialist expertise experts

During a session of the CEPEJ’s work in which the EEEI participated as an observer, Alain Nuee who is president of the orientation committee, was identified by the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission as being an expert in specialist expertise in Europe.

Shortly thereafter, he was appointed by the SRSS to participate in an exploratory mission to establish a program to best meet Croatia’s request for technical assistance for human resources management in the judicial system encompassing both judges, experts, interpreters and evaluators.

This mission which took place in Zagreb at the premises of the Ministry of Justice on the 16 and 17 November 2017 and consisted in presenting with a Slovenian judge and a senior Dutch official the rules and good practices of each country attending for the purpose of providing food for thought to the Croatian legislator who is preparing to amend several texts on the judicial organisation.

Responsible in particular for intervening in the field of recruitment and management of experts, interpreters and evaluators, Alain Nuee, (who headed for seven years a court of appeal whose population is greater than the population of Croatia), has also shared his experience in the management of judges, particularly with regard to the training of court and jurisdictional leaders, which is currently non-existent in Croatia, and the assessment of judges which is a sensitive subject because of the risk of undermining the independence of the judges.

With regard to the management of the experts, an inventory of the existing situation in the EU was made, followed by a detailed description of the French system, emphasizing the quality guarantees provided by the establishment of periodically revised lists of the judicial authority, but also on the progress still to be made in terms of training, evaluation of experts by judges and the predictability of the average costs of expertise. It was also emphasized that the interest of the supervision of judicial experts by companies to establish a permanent dialogue between experts and jurisdictions and establish effective initial and continuous training was necessary.

This intervention was an opportunity to insist on the recommendations made by the CEPEJ with regard to the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe and on the usefulness of implementing them during the reforms. It also made the EEEI and its website known to the representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Justice, who also received the EGLE good practice guide.

As documents provided by the recently renewed Croatian authorities did not inform the delegation about the recruitment, management and status of local experts, they were asked to provide the questionnaire established during the project as soon as possible in order to design an assistance program adapted to local needs. To date, the answer is still awaited with the hope that Croatia will maintain its request for assistance.

This mission can already be regarded as a success as it has made it possible to make our work known to the leaders of any EU country that did not participate.

Above all, it found that the EEEI was recognised at European level as a pool of experts in specialist expertise, which suggests that, for the sake of its budget, new training or assistance missions will be quickly entrusted by European institutions or internationally recognised training institutes.

Indeed, the EEEI has the immense advantage of being able to offer the institutions that request it the help of multidisciplinary teams with excellent knowledge of the practice of expertise in Europe and driven by a common desire to improve the quality of expertise through the application of consensus practices without being suspected of being corporatist.

 

Useful links:

  • Institutional website

https://vlada.gov.hr/en: Government website of the Republic of Croatia