The XII. Conference and Plenary of the Balkan and Euro-Mediterranean Network of Councils for the Judiciary

The annual conference and plenary of the Balkan and Euro-Mediterranean Network of Councils for the Judiciary (BEMNCJ) took place in Burgas, Bulgaria on 10-11th of July 2017.
The National Office for the Judiciary (NOJ) and the National Judicial Council (NJC) are also members of the Network. The Hungarian representatives were dr. Levente Simon president in office of NJC, dr. Sándor Fazekas and dr. Tamás Gerber members of the NJC and dr. Péter Bozsó, Head of Office of the NJC. 
The conference was about the impartiality of judges, the importance of the Code of Ethics and the physical integrity of the judiciary. Besides Bulgarian, Italian and Turkish speakers, dr. Levente Simon and dr. Tamás Gerber shared the best practices and experiences of the councils on the above mentioned fields. After that the Plenary presented recommendations on these topics. On the second day of the Conference the participant discussed organizational issues. The Network accepted the application for membership of the High Judicial Council of the Republic of Serbia and the State Prosecutorial Council of the Republic of Serbia. The Rules of Organization and Operation of the BEMNCJ was accepted. The Plenary elected for president the Albanian President Gjin Gjoni for an additional 2 years period. New Board members was elected: Bulgaria, Hungary, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo until 2019.
The members decided about the venue of the next year’s Plenary that will be held in Montenegro in June 2018. The members will discuss about the actual questions of usage of social media by judges and prosecutors and relationship between judicial councils and other state institutes.  
The Balkan and Euro-Mediterranean Network of Councils for the Judiciary was established in 2014 by 9 countries, including the NOJ and the NJC from Hungary. However the informal communication between these countries started in 2006. The NOJ is responsible for the administrative tasks of the Network. The main objective of the Network is to improve cooperation between the judicial institutes of the members and to present recommendations on questions concerning their scope of authority in order to improve independence and impartiality.