European Forum for Restorative Justice

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Overview

Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

1.75 Fte (5)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation

0

High-level Commission meetings

0

Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    European Forum for Restorative Justice   (EFRJ)

    EU Transparency Register

    987246143529-12 First registered on 14 Jul 2021

    Goals / Remit

    The European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) is the leading European network for supporting the development of restorative justice (RJ) in Europe. Founded in 2000, the EFRJ is a membership organization that currently comprises around 450 members (individual or organizational), from Europe and beyond. The EFRJ strives to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers interested in RJ, with the aim of helping to establish and develop high-quality RJ practices. To achieve this aim, the EFRJ promotes international information exchange and mutual assistance; encourages the development of effective RJ policies, services and legislation; explores and develops the theoretical basis of RJ by stimulating research; assists in the development of principles, ethics, training and good practice. The EFRJ focuses on the application of RJ to criminal matters but other areas, such as family, school and community mediation, are not excluded. Our mission is that every person in E (...)

    Main EU files targeted

    We are currently targeting the following EU initiatives, policies and legislative or non-legislative files:

    • Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA.

    • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. EU Strategy on victims' rights (2020-2025). COM(2020) 258 final.

    • Opinion. European Economic and Social Committee; Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. EU Strategy on victims' rights (2020-2025).

    • New EU strategy on the Rights of the Child 2021- 2024.

    • Council conclusions on alternative measures to detention: the use of non-custodial sanctions and measures in the field of criminal justice (2019/C 422/06).

    • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Ensuring justice in the EU —a European judicial training strategy for 2021-2024. COM(2020) 713 final.

    • EU Directive 2008/99/EC on Environmental Protection through Criminal Law.

    • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025. COM/2020/152 final.

    • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. Union of Equality: LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025. COM(2020) 698 final.
    • Proposal for a Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, COM(2022) 105 final


    Participation in EC public consultations:

    • EC open consultation on the revision of the Victims’ rights Directive launched in August 2023

    • Open consultation Criminal justice – EU rules on victims’ rights (update) launched in March 2022

    • Open consultation of the EC - Combating gender-based violence – protecting victims and punishing offenders by submitting our feedback to the proposed Directive on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

    • Call for evidence on Criminal justice – EU rules on victims’ rights (update) launched in December 2021

    • Commission public consultation on the evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive (launched in July 2021)

    • Commission public consultation on the new EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights 2020 – 2025 (launched in March 2020).

    • Commission public consultation on the new EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2021 - 2024 (launched in July 2020): we sent a joint position paper with Terres des Hommes on the Roadmap (August 2020) and a second joint policy paper also with other organisations has been submitted on 30 November 2020.

    • Commission public consultation on the EU environmental law – better access to justice (launched in October 2020 ).

    • Commission public consultation on Environmental crime – improving EU rules on environmental protection through criminal law (launched in February 2021).

    • Commission open consultation on Combating gender-based violence – protecting victims and punishing offenders (launched in February 2021).

    • Commission open consultation to the roadmap on Hate speech & hate crime – inclusion on list of EU crimes.

    • Commission public consultation on Supporting crime victims – evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive (2012/29/EU): feedback on Roadmap (launched in December 2020).

    Address

    Head Office
    Herbert Hooverplein 10
    Leuven 3000
    BELGIUM
    EU Office
    Herbert Hooverplein 10
    Leuven 3000
    BELGIUM

    Website

  • People

    Total lobbyists declared

    5

    Employment timeLobbyists
    50%2
    25%3

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

    1.75

    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    The EFRJ has currently 6 employees, 1 full time and 6 part-time, all together 4,1 full time equivalents. Not all the employees are involved in the activities covered by the register and not all working hours by employees indicated above fall under the activities of the register.
    In the above table we included our Chair and 2 additional members of the Board (25% each, non-remunerated), who are involved in the activities falling under the register. The other 6 members of the Board are only occasionally involved, and mostly only through our events, therefore they are not indicated above.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories

    Category

    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking

    Affiliation

    Criminal Justice Platform Europe:
    Together with other two organisations committed to address criminal justice issues in Europe, the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ) is part of the Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE). Since 2012, CJPE brings together three organizations working in the fields of detention (EuroPris), Probation (Confederation of European Probation, CEP) and Restorative Justice (EFRJ) ‘to reduce re-offending and the impact of crime and to improve methods of working with victims, communities and offenders throughout Europe.’ he CJPE’s members are equally represented. It is a non-statutory collaboration. The Ministry of Justice in Catalonia supports the CJPE and provides meeting and administration resources in the Centre for Legal Studies in Barcelona.

    We have a memorandum of understanding signed with the European Family Justice Center Alliance and with the CFJ-EN – Child Friendly Justice European Network.

    We cooperate on a regular level with Victim Support Europe, with the European Forum for Urban Security and with Terre des Hommes.

    We collaborate with the EU RAN Network and we are members of the EU FRA Fundamental Rights Platform.

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2021 - Dec 2021

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year

    630,242€

    Major funding types in closed year

    EU funding, Member's contribution

    Major contributions in closed year

    TypeNameAmount
    Contribution European Commission - Justice Programme - Operating Grant 359,808€
    Grant European Commission - Justice Programme 359,808€

    Major contributions in current year

    TypeNameAmount
    Grant European Commission - Justice Programme 389,481€

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)

    none

    Groups (European Parliament)

    N/A

    Communication activities

    Projects:
    We are currently involved as partners in the following EU funded projects:
    i-Restore 2.0 - For Accessible Quality Restorative Justice processes for children in contact with the law in Europe (2022-2024): https://www.euforumrj.org/en/irestore-2022-2024


    Papers:
    • EFRJ feedback on the EC proposed amendments to the Victims’ Rights Directive
    • EFRJ Policy news - https://www.euforumrj.org/sites/default/files/2022-11/EFRJ_Policy_News_Autumn_2022_issues1-2.pdf
    • EFRJ position paper to the EC on the revision of restorative justice in the revised Directive on Victims’ Rights
    • EFRJ feedback on restorative justice in the proposed Directive on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence
    • EFRJ Feedback call for evidence on Criminal justice – EU rules on victims’ rights
    • EFRJ position paper to the EC on the evaluation of the implementation of restorative justice provisions in the Victim’s Rights Directive
    • EFRJ feedback to EU Strategy on victims' rights (2020-2025)
    • EFRJ and Terre des Hommes joint position papers on the new EU strategy on the Rights of the Child (2021–2024) and a second policy brief submitted by Terre des Hommes in partnership with the EFRJ and other organisations.
    • EFRJ feedback on the EU environmental law – better access to justice
    • EFRJ feedback on the roadmap on Supporting crime victims – evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive
    • EFRJ feedback on the roadmap on Hate speech & hate crime – on the inclusion on the list of EU crimes
    • Briefing Paper about the Regulation of Restorative Justice in the Directive 2012/29/EU
    • Practice Guide for restorative justice services: The Victims’ Directive - challenges and opportunities for RJ
    • Restorative Justice in The Victims’ Directive: survey results
    • Restorative Justice for Victims (infographic)
    • Practice Guide: Implementing Restorative Justice with Child Victims
    • EFRJ thematic brief: Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence
    • EFRJ thematic brief: Restorative Justice and Violent Extremism
    • EFRJ thematic brief: Restorative Justice and Child Justice
    • EFRJ thematic brief: Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Detention
    • Restoring the Future. Towards a restorative environmental justice praxis
    • EFRJ Manual: Values and Standards for restorative justice practices

    In 2018 the EFRJ published a Practice Guide on Values and Standards for restorative justice practices to support the field of the restorative justice in Europe by offering this reference point for high quality restorative justice practices and to help the implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive and the EU strategy on victims’ rights, which call for safeguards to ensure secure participation of victims in RJ processes.

    Events:
    We are following the EU policies on violent extremism. We cooperated with the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN): we co-organised with RAN EXIT and RAN RVT an event in Dublin (3-4 December 2019) on RJ approaches relevant for exit work and addressing victims and offenders’ needs. We co-drafted an Ex Post paper (here the link to the paper).

    European Restorative Justice Policy Network (ERJPN):

    In 2018, with the support of the Justice Programme of the European Commission, we set up this new network of policy makers with the aim to bring together representatives of the Ministries dealing with restorative justice or related matters in each EU member state and beyond. 22 countries replied positively to our invitation to join the ERJPN, welcoming the creation of this policy network. We organise an annual event during which we inform and discuss relevant international and European policies and legislations: https://www.euforumrj.org/en/european-restorative-justice-policy-network

    Other activities

    On 1 September 2020, the European Commission invited the EFRJ to become a member of the Victims’ Rights Platform. Since then we are active members of this new Platform.

  • Meetings

    Meetings

    None declared

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