Matra Rule of Law Training Programme
The Matra Rule of Law Training
Programme is a two-year (2017 – 2018) programme designed to strengthen
institutional capacity in the field of Rule of Law within government
organisations in the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. To
this end seven training programmes are offered per year, each introducing the
participants to Dutch best practices in a wide range of rule of law themes.
Through interactive sessions combining theory, practical skills and study
visits, policy advisors, members of the judiciary and other civil servants
working in the government and justice sectors acquire the knowledge and skills
necessary to drive reforms in their home countries. In addition, by taking part
in the training programme, participants become part of a large transnational
network of alumni, lecturers and relevant government departments in the
Netherlands and in the target countries. This network offers a platform for
learning, exchange and collaboration.
The Matra Rule of Law Training programme is designed and delivered by the
Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Leiden Law School, and The Hague Academy for
Local Governance, and is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
The application procedure for the
training programme Integrity of civil servants (10 – 19 May, 2017) has been
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The following training programmes are offered in 2017
1. Integrity of
civil servants (May 10 – 19, 2017 and March 7 – 16, 2018)
Corruption is a key challenge for
the rule of law and good governance in Europe. In addition to prosecuting
corruption cases, it is essential to establish an institutional and legal
framework to promote the integrity of civil servants and prevent corruption.
Moreover, civil servants need to be trained on how to manage and communicate
about integrity dilemmas.
administration of justice (June 7 – 16, 2017 and March 7 –
Independent and impartial courts provide the foundation for the rule of law. It
is crucial that the courts enjoy the confidence of both the parties appearing
before them and the public at large. But this requires continuous reflection on
key themes such as access to justice for all, efficiency, professional ethics,
transparency, communication and court management.
3. Public procurement (June 21 – 30, 2017 and
October 3 – 12, 2018)
In the EU government spending on
goods and services amounts to approximately 20% of the GDP. Because of the huge
financial stakes and the need for close interaction between the public and the
private sectors, it is crucial to set clear rules for public procurement. This
requires continuous reflection on fair and appropriate procedures that
guarantee equal opportunities among competitors.
4. Human rights & minorities (September 13 – 22, 2017
and September 5 – 14, 2018)
The promotion and protection of
human rights is inextricably linked to the rule of law. However, despite existing
legislation, the protection of vulnerable groups such as ethnic minorities,
LGBTI, and women remains problematic. This requires continuous reflection on
the importance of human rights in a wide range of policy areas, on the
relationship of countries with the European Court of Human Rights, and on the
necessity to take EU guidelines and international human rights treaties into
account when drawing up policies and legislation.
and citizen participation (October 4 – 13, 2017 and June 6 –
decision-making processes closer to citizens. Thus, it can contribute to more
participatory, transparent and responsive governance. However, it raises a
number of questions that should be addressed. How should inter-administrative relations
be managed in a decentralised system? How can sub-national governments be
established that have the capacity to effectively provide services in an
inclusive manner? How does one balance fiscal, political and administrative
6. Freedom of the media (October 5 – 11, 2017)
A free press is crucial for
democracy. As a public watchdog the press can provide a platform for public
debate; where necessary it can denounce instances of maladministration. But the
freedom of expression carries with it duties and responsibilities. How does one
deal with situations where the press is used for propaganda purposes or for the
distribution of "fake news"? What is the role of social media?
7. Public finance management (November 8 – 17, 2017 and
April 11 – 20, 2018)
A healthy state of public finance
requires careful management of government spending, revenues, loans and debts.
Deficits and debts should remain within the limits set by international and
domestic standards. Key values should be legal certainty and predictability,
transparency, integrity, effective policies to prevent corruption and fraud,
and also decentralisation.
8. Detention and alternative sanctions (June 6 – 13, 2018)
A rising rate of incarceration,
including pre-trial detention, causes a financial burden on national
governments and impacts social cohesion. This raises a number of questions that
should be addressed: How can prison conditions be improved? What increased
risks do youth in detention face? What are possible alternatives to detention
and how can these, and improved re-integration strategies, have a positive
effect on perpetrators, victims and society as a whole?