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The year 2014 was full of progress regarding European e-Justice
developments. The second multiannual European Action Plan on e-Justice
built on past achievements and continues the evolution of European
e-Justice. The e-CODEX large-scale project is part of the overall
European strategy and activity. Solutions to challenges such as
digital data exchange and e-Signature will soon be integrated into the
European e-Justice Portal.
At the same time the piloting process continues in the e-CODEX
project, real cases are being exchanged electronically across borders
along with further testing, further preparation and quality checks.
Find more information on piloting and an outlook for 2015 in this
The e-CODEX team wishes to thank you all for your feedback,
contributions and suggestions received in 2014. The diverse
perspectives, the discussions at e-Justice conferences, fairs and
meetings have been very enriching.
We are looking forward to meeting with you in 2015 for further
The e-CODEX newsletter team would like to thank all
those who contributed to this issue and welcomes comments and
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Civil Use Cases: News from European Payment Order and Small
In 2013 piloting on the European Payment Order went live. Before
the start of the pilot the technical work packages, IT- and justice
experts in different European countries prepared and tested their
systems to ensure the proper functioning of the developed building
blocks and compatibility between national systems. Today Austria,
Germany, Italy, Estonia and Greece are live. Greece went live with
piloting in 2014:
For six months the Greek EPO pilot has been live supporting the
e-CODEX channel for using the cross border service of EPO (both
incoming and outgoing).
In order to support the intermediate needs of the Greek EPO pilot,
a Greek version of the EPO Handbook for Citizens and Business was
prepared and published in close collaboration with WP2 (you can find
the online version here).
The Greek EPO pilot is live with AT, and tests with IT, DE, PL are
on-going. The infrastructure has been upgraded to version 2 (both
Gateway and Connector).
In 2015 the Greek pilot will be extended to cover exchanges with
other countries that enter the pilot phase.
Soon, other countries will join. They are currently finalising
their preparations and/or testing their solutions with success. One
of these countries is Poland:
The dedicated website where e-CODEX components were adopted is
already in place awaiting final checks and updates. Comprehensive
testing is being carried out with Austria, Germany, Italy and Greece
since September 2014. Poland as a ′sending country′
within the e-CODEX pilot will enable Polish citizens and businesses
to apply for the European order for payment. Thanks to e-CODEX, a
national solution claim can be effectively and safely submitted to a
foreign court. The legal community in Poland is already looking
forward for the pilot to go live!
It is similar with the Small Claims pilot. The technical
pre-conditions and preparations have been fulfilled and quality and
security standards are constantly checked and improved. Poland,
Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Austria will be
able to go live in 2015.
Companies in the EU are all registered in various business
registers of the Member States. The economy is expanding over
national borders and supranational companies as well as company
reorganisations; whether it is a merger or a split-off, often
concern several Member States. Cooperation and interconnection of
national business registers is thus an absolute necessity.
This is being tackled by the e-CODEX Business Register Pilot. In
this context, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy and Austria have
decided to pilot focusing initially on cross border mergers. The
content of the e-CODEX messages will be complemented according to
the guidelines of the European Commission, stated in Directive
2012/17/EU and its Implementing and Delegated Acts. The necessary
e-CODEX infrastructure is being installed in the piloting countries
and tests have started.
In future, it will replace the complex and time consuming
paper-based communication process within international legal
processes. The communication between the authorities hosting the
business registers is based on the e-CODEX infrastructure. This
means messages will be transmitted to the corresponding authority
via national gateways and connectors. The gateway provides the
technical and organisational e-CODEX infrastructure for incoming and
outgoing cross-border electronic communication. The connector is an
interface between the national e-Justice infrastructure, which
produces the document to be sent, and the national gateway.
Furthermore it contains a security library, conducts the mapping of
the structured content of the messages into national XML-standards
and issues the so-called “Trust-OK Token”, which acts as
the security protocol regarding e-Signatures and eID schemas, which
can be read by the user.
According to the Directive 2012/17/EU further aspects of a business
register interconnection system have to be considered. The e-CODEX
project is ready to help tackle these challenges and helps to
support the European and national aims to interconnect national
business registers by July 2017.
Criminal law use case: Mutual Legal Assistance, Financial Penalties
All piloting countries participating in the criminal law use cases
are working intensively on getting ready to start testing and after
this piloting will start as soon as possible.
Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands have tested the technical
interconnection successfully. They are ready to start piloting the
Mutual Legal Assistance pilot soon. More countries will follow.
Also on Financial Penalties, Belgium and France are
cooperating together with The Netherlands to start piloting soon.
Finally, on “Framework Decision 909”, work is
being intensified so that also this pilot can go live in 2015.
Events and Conferences
Meet us and make contact with us at conferences at international and
e-Justice and e-Law conference, Rome
“Towards better pan-European judicial services”
The e-Justice and e-Law conference in Rome aimed at disseminating
European projects and results dealing with e-Justice, as well as
discussing further developments. It gathered experts from many EU
Member States - United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, France, Netherlands,
Hungary - representatives of European institutions and ministries of
justice. The event focused on the topic “Towards better
pan-European judicial services” and took place from
13th to 14th October 2014.
The conference was structured into five main sessions on: the
European e-Justice Action Plan 2014-2018, e-Justice and e-Law in
Supreme Courts across EU, cross-border e-Justice services and tools,
further e-Justice initiatives and projects, and legal profession and
e-Justice. The e-CODEX projects and its results played a central
role in the conference and the exhibition that accompanied the
To watch a recording of the conference, follow this link.
Digital Justice Now, Edinburgh
Scottish Digital Justice stakeholders met in Edinburgh on
20th August 2014 to discuss developments in the field
of Digital Justice. The e-CODEX project was delighted to have been
invited to hold a breakout session at “Digital Justice
Now” organised by the Scottish Government.
The aim of the breakout sessions held in the afternoon were to
raise awareness of public administrations and legal communities on
existing opportunities for cross border e-Justice initiatives among
Member States, Associated Countries and Regions.
Highlights of the event included the launch of the Scottish Justice
Digital Strategy and current European views in implementing the
Multiannual European e-Justice Action Plan for 2014 –
The e-CODEX project at the German Congress of the Association for
Computing in the Judiciary
From 24th to 26th September judiciary and IT
specialists from federal and state governments met in the course of
the 23rd German Congress of the Association for Computing
in the Judiciary, one of Germany′s most important events for
e-Justice. This year the experts debated, exchanged knowledge,
experiences and visions on the topic of e-Justice and e-government
developments following the theme: “e-justice - Mission
A highlight of the event was the start of the new business register
pilot, inaugurated by officials from Germany and France. e-CODEX and
e-SENS welcomed important representatives from both countries at
their exhibition booth to distribute further information and make
Pilot Aims 2015
2015 is going to be THE year of the pilots! The e-CODEX project
reaches the home straight. All the preparation and testing will
result in real cross-border cases. The way of e-Justice will be a
continuous path of development and learning. The e-CODEX project is
delivering important milestones. We will be delighted if you will
use the e-CODEX solutions in 2015. e-CODEX – MAKING JUSTICE
Meet us at CeBit 2015
This year′s Keynote Theme for CeBIT is d!conomy - The Digital
Transformation, a rapid transition that affects all facets of the
economy and society. The e-SENS and e-CODEX projects are
participating in the event with an exhibition booth in the
Public Sector Parc, which showcases the vital
role of IT systems in modernising government and public
administration. By means of informative presentations and appealing
gimmicks, visitors can get an idea of the complex topic and
understand the projects′ approach through real life scenarios. The
ice cream shack offers an opportunity to get in contact with experts
and other interested parties at ease.
If you want to learn more about the European Commission′s ambitions
and solutions on their way to a seamless electronic communication in
Europe, meet us at CeBIT from 16th to 20th March
2015 in Hannover, Germany. If you need a ticket, contact us.
The JHA council invited the European Commission to finalise
internal reflections and submit to the Council solutions for the
sustainability of the e-CODEX project. For piloting and non-piloting
Member States, but especially for Member States not currently
partaking in e-CODEX, the principles of voluntary action,
decentralisation, interoperability and independence of the judiciary
concerning dematerialisation of cross-border judicial proceedings
and communication between judicial authorities play an important
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