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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 resources across borders - specifically information on laws and procedures in other EU countries. 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 17 participants:

  • 14 EU countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain);
  • one candidate country (Turkey);
  • two major associations of legal practitioners (CCBE and CNUE).

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

  • e-Identity management for natural and legal persons, roles, mandates and rights, user authentication and authorisation;
  • e-Signatures - verification and implementation;
  • e-Payment ;
  • e-Filing, exchange of documents and data;
  • Document standards.

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 and SPOCS.

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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