Remote visits

The Court of Justice of the European Union is launching a programme of remote visits to enable EU citizens to gain a better understanding of the fundamental role of the EU courts.

Initially, these remote visits will be available to all secondary school students in the Member States.

The main objectives of this programme are to:

  • give young people between the ages of 15 and 18 an understanding of the mission of the judicial institution of the European Union and the impact of its case-law on their daily lives;
  • enable them to understand their rights as European citizens and the democratic values promoted by the EU;
  • make them aware of the importance of active participation in European democratic life.

What will a remote visit involve?

A remote visit will last approximately 2.5 hours. It will consists of interactive elements [a presentation on judicial activities by a lawyer, a virtual visit of the institution’s buildings by a guide and a meeting with a Judge or an Advocate General of the Court of Justice] and the viewing of two films made exclusively for this programme, followed by question and answer sessions.

Visitors will be welcomed and accompanied throughout the visit by a host and will have the opportunity to interact with the various speakers.

The entire visit will be conducted in the language chosen by the participants and the videos are subtitled.

Prior to each visit, the institution will provide groups with educational materials. It will also organise preparatory meetings with the teachers or group leaders.

When will the visits take place?

Remote visits will be organised according to a predefined schedule (see the calendar below) and are staggered according to the language in which they are to be conducted (it is intended that all 24 EU languages will be covered by the annual programme).

Calendar for 2022:

RO - Română  21/10/2022 09:00 - 11:30
CS - Čeština 11/11/2022 09:00 - 11:30
EL - Ελληνικά 25/11/2022 09:00 - 11:30

 

The calendar of visits for the first half of 2023 will be available soon.

How to participate

Participation in visits is by prior registration by interested teachers or group leaders. The number of participating groups is limited in order to guarantee the quality of the visit. Several classes from different schools can participate in the same visit at the same time.

Registrations will be processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

If you are a teacher or group leader interested in taking part in a remote visit you can submit a request to the Visits Service by filling out the contact form (select ‘organised visits’ under the header ‘My question concerns’). The Visits Service will then send you a detailed registration form.