On 15 June 2016, the European Lawyers Foundation began implementing the TRALIM project, co-financed by the European Union. The aim of the project is to train 130 lawyers from 5 different Member States (Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland) on EU Law relating to asylum and immigration from the perspective of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The project, which takes place through 4 seminars, will last 12 months. After the first 6 months, and now that the two first seminars have been held, it is time to undertake a mid-term evaluation.
The first seminar was held in Madrid in October, and the second one in Athens in December 2016. The seminars each had a duration of 1,5 days. The TRALIM seminars offer a good example of how training can deal with important topics while at the same time offering the participants networking opportunities.
By the mid-term of the project’s life, TRALIM has proved to be a success story. The seminars in Madrid and Athens have been well attended (indeed we have surpassed the expected number of lawyers so far by 17, and we expect by the end of project to have trained more than the 130 lawyers we were committed to with the European Commission). The evaluations of the two seminars also show that the participants are satisfied with the speakers, the content, the mix of participants from different countries and the structure.
The success is thanks to the highly qualified lawyers selected by the bars to participate in the seminars, the high quality of the speakers and the excellent relationship between the European Lawyers Foundation and its project partners (the Spanish Bar, the Athens Bar, the Law Society of Ireland, the Italian Bar and the Polish legal advisors).
We look forward to the two remaining seminars in Dublin (February 2016) and Rome (April 2016).