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e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange)

e-CODEX is a large-scale project designed to improve access by European citizens and businesses to legal means across borders - specifically online handling of cross-border legal procedures. Moreover, the project seeks to improve the interoperability of the information systems of legal authorities within the EU, and supports the implementation of common standards and solutions that make cross-border case-handling activities easier.

High mobility between EU countries and increasing European integration means that procedures requiring cooperation between different national judicial systems are increasing.

The use of ICT makes judicial procedures more transparent, efficient and economic while facilitating access to justice for citizens, businesses, administrations and legal practitioners.

To achieve a pan-European interoperability layer, e-CODEX will build on national solutions as well as on the European e-Justice Portal, contributing to the further development of the latter.

Connecting the existing systems will allow communication and data exchange based on the development of common technical standards and foster cross-border cooperation in the area of European e-Justice.

The project involves 25 participants:

  • 19 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom);
  • candidate countries (Jersey, Norway, Turkey);
  • 2 major associations of legal practitioners (CCBE and CNUE);
  • 1 standardisation body (OASIS).

The following building blocks will be addressed by developing common approaches and standards:

  • e-Delivery for transporting information securely and reliably across borders;
  • e-Signature for signing documents electronically and validating electronic signatures;
  • e-Document for common document exchange standards;
  • e-Identity for identification using national ID cards. In the future, lawyers will be able to identify themselves in their professional capacity via a role authentication system for lawyers called "Find a lawyer 2".

Communication activities are planned to keep all EU countries, legal professions, the industry and other stakeholders up-to-date with the project's latest developments.

The project foresees the adaptation and/or adoption of solutions developed by sibling interoperability projects such as STORK, PEPPOL, SPOCS and e-SENS.

Through a truly collaborative approach, project participants will make a contribution to achieving a sustainable European e-Justice area with fewer practical and technical borders.

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