During the last Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council held in Luxembourg on 6 June 2014 under Greek presidency, the European Justice Ministers managed to reach an agreement on the adoption of the e-Justice Action Plan 2014-2018.
The main objective of the Action Plan is to improve the overall functioning of e-Justice systems in the Member States and at European level. Among others, the plan covers the following aspects:
- Access to information in the field of justice, particularly thanks to the e-justice portal (https://e-justice.europa.eu) and the interconnection of registers.
- Access to courts and extrajudicial procedures in cross-border situations (secure transfer of information between the Member States, verification of electronic signatures, electronic identification, online dispute settlement, etc.).
- Communication between judicial authorities (development of videoconferencing systems, for example).
- Cooperation with the judiciary and legal practitioners. To this end, the creation of a forum for the legal professions is desired, bringing together all the legal professions once a year.
The Action Plan lists a series of projects to be implemented, stating the participants, actions to be taken and a provisional timetable. The document is available at the following address: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/doc/srv?l=EN&f=ST%209714%202014%20INIT
The CNUE has been contacted on several occasions for its opinion on the future e-justice priorities. In conjunction with the Council’s meeting in Luxembourg, the CNUE adopted a position on the subject during its Plenary General Assembly. The position is available at the following address: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu/news/position-papers/2014-06-10-position-paper-ejustice