On 21 June 2016, the judicial trainings on the Regulation Brussels II bis were organized by the Law Institute of Lithuania in Vilnius.

The event, entitled “Dealing with child abduction cases under the Brussels II bis regulation” was mean to provide practice-orientated trainings to judges and clerks on questions related to parental child abduction. Trainers from all the project partner countries (Lithuania, Italy, Spain and Croatia) were present in the event and over 30 participants took part in the trainings.

In the first session, the participants were reminded of the legal instruments applicable in child abduction cases and their inter-relation was discussed. Then, the second session introduced the participants of the training with the concepts of custody and child abduction; the participants were also offered to discuss the case studies presented to them. The third session was dedicated to the hearing of the child in child abduction cases. Later on, the application of Article 11 of the Regulation, and in particular the return procedure was analyzed in detail.

Evaluation questionnaires, that were given to participants to fill confirmed that the event was well organized and prepared and the participants found the trainings useful and practical.

The trainings were organized implementing the project “EU Judiciary Training on Brussels IIa Regulation: from South to East” and formed part of the testing trainings that are being run in all partner countries. The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Justice program.

Trainings on Regulation Brussels II bis took place in Lithuania