Director at European Law Department,
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania
Scholarship: Online Summer Course on European Criminal Justice (320SB01)
29 June – 3 July 2020
“The coverage of the summer school course was broad, therefore, I gained a lot of knowledge that before was limited to separate pieces of EU legislation, as my previous experience was limited to actual problem solving, but not having the full picture of EU criminal law.”
- Q & A with Karolis Dieninis
What is your legal background, your current occupation and country of work?
At the present I am Director of the European Law Department at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania and Representative of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at the EU Court of Justice.
How do you use European law in your current work?
The main duties include supervision of correct and timely implementation of EU law in the Lithuanian legal system, as well as work with infringement proceedings started by the European Commission, and representation at the Court of Justice.
What was your motivation for attending this particular event?
Since my work is related with coordination of implementation of EU law in Lithuania and the issues of correct application of EU law, I was willing to participate in EU Criminal Justice course proposed by ERA. In addition, my motive to participate in that particular course was to gain the background information on the theme, which is primarily within the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. It is worth noting that without the scholarship I would not have the possibility to participate, since the Ministry of Justice does not finance training abroad (as this course supposed to be in Trier before the outbreak of COVID-19).
How did you benefit from the scholarship?
I had great experience during the summer school, as I could spend time not only by listening to speakers, but also analysing the materials that were provided. The coverage of the summer school course was broad, therefore, I gained a lot of knowledge that before was limited to separate pieces of EU legislation, as my previous experience was limited to actual problem solving, but not having the full picture of EU criminal law. The comparison of EU Member States’ different experiences in implementation and application of EU law allows me to re-evaluate the Lithuanian legal acts in broader terms.
Therefore, I would like to thank for the great opportunity that I have been provided in participation at the EU Criminal Justice Summer School, and I would share my willingness to experience those opportunities with ERA in the future.