Euromed Justice II was a regional project whose aim was to support the development of the Mediterranean Partners' institutional and administrative capacity and good governance in the field of justice, including the modernisation of justice systems, the simplification of judicial proceedings and improved access to justice. It was launched in January 2008 and it expired in April 2011. A systematic and timely evaluation of its programmes is a priority of the European Commission. The focus is on the results and impact of these programmes against a background of greater concentration of external co-operation and an increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches. Based on this, the EC signed a contract with the AETS consortium in order to carry out an ex-post evaluation of the aforementioned project. The main objectives of the evaluation were the following: • To be accountable and to provide the relevant external co-operation services of the European Union and the wider public with an overall independent ex-post assessment of the Euromed Justice II project, its delivery by the contractor as well its overall performance; • To identify key lessons and recommendations in order to inform and improve the current and future European Union's strategies and programmes. The result of the contract is an evaluation report covering the DAC evaluation criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, plus coherence and EC added value, together with recommendations for future programmes and projects. The main activities were the following: Assessment of the Design of the Project • Evaluate the appropriateness and feasibility of project objectives and their continued relevance with respect to the Programme's objectives and requirements, taking into account the specific policy environment as it stood in 2006 and as it stands at present; • Review the Project's approach and methodology and assess its appropriateness for achieving the Programme's objectives. Assessment of the implementation of the Project • Assess the overall implementation of the Project; • Review the efficiency and effectiveness, outputs, impact and sustainability of the supported actions with respect to the project’s objectives and the project's capacity to reach out to the target groups, taking into account involvement of key stakeholders; • Evaluate the relevance and stability of the project partnerships, taking into consideration partners' statute, motivation, roles and expertise and assess the local ownership of the project activities; • Evaluate the complementarity of this project with other EU funded programmes in support of justice reforms in the Mediterranean, including the issue of mutually reinforcement and synergies; • Assess the visibility of project activities in all the Member States of the EU as well as in the beneficiary countries. Recommendations for future actions On the basis of the lessons learnt from Euromed Justice II and considering the latest developments in the region, provide recommendation for current and future actions, in particular Euromed Justice III.

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