The first testing training session organised as a part of the project EU Judiciary Training on Brussels IIa Regulation: From South to East headed “Divorce and Parental responsibility under the Brussels II bis Regulation” took place at the Faculty of Law University of Rijeka on 29 April 2016. 27 participants attended the training, among which 12 judges, 9 attorneys at law, 3 members of the academia and 2 members of the Croatian Central Authority.
Project members from all partner institutions participated as trainers: Costanza Honorati, Carola Ricci, Egle Kavoliunaite, Agne Limante, Maria Álvarez Torné, Mirela Župan and Ivana Kunda. During 9 intensive hours, selected issues were covered, including the scope and structure of the Brussels II bis Regulation and its relationship with other legal sources of international and EU family law, jurisdiction in cases of divorce of a couple without minor children, jurisdiction for divorce proceedings and related proceedings on parental responsibility, as well as transfer of proceedings.
Throughout the seminar sessions, participants and trainers engaged in lively discussions on the interpretations of the Brussels II bis provisions. They also debated possible approaches to certain current issues arising in the course of application of the Brussels II bis Regulation before Croatian courts. A valuable feedback from the participants was received through surveys in which the participants had a chance to evaluate their trainers, seminar materials and organisational aspects. On the scale from 5 – highest grade, to 1 – lowest grade, both the seminar in general and the case studies and presentations earned an average grade of 4,7, while the trainers efforts were rewarded by an average grade of 4,8.
We share here some pictures taken during the event.