Current situation

Since 2010, several EU Member States and legal professions such as lawyers have participated in the e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) project, which provides easy access to cross-border justice for citizens, business and legal professionals all over Europe.

Creating a more just and secure Europe is one of the priorities of the European Commission and fundamental to achieving a true Single Market. Access to justice should not be discouraged by the complex variety of our different legal systems. For example, in taking cross-border small claims to court, transborder marriages or dealing with criminal matters.

Cross-border judicial cooperation is crucial to the mobility of citizens and businesses in Europe. In an increasingly digital society, such cooperation relies on e-Justice solutions to facilitate the interaction between different national and European actors in legal procedures.

Needs that the project aims to address

The objective of the Me-CODEX 2 project is to prepare the handover of e-CODEX to the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice‚Äč (eu-LISA) and to ensure the continued management, development and maintenance of the e-CODEX system Core Service Platform (CSP).

The e-CODEX system is a decentralised network of access points interlinking national judicial systems to one another and to the European e-Justice Portal, which has proved its relevance and efficiency among the European Institutions and Member States. It is, indeed, a crucial element of the European digital area of justice.

Major objectives to be attained

  • A regular update and improvement of the e-CODEX CSP to address the needs of the user community, to comply with the changes of European supported procedures and to provide a swift response to security issues.
  • Communication, support and customer outreach activities that ensure active stakeholder engagement which encompasses the strong involvement of legal practitioners to promote e-CODEX and identify e-CODEX future use-cases that would gather a large range of new users, active outreach to further Member and States in deploying e-CODEX, the further alignment with e-CODEX related projects, and working relations with academic communities.

Handover to eu-LISA and governance activities to prepare a structured and well-informed handover of the daily maintenance of e-CODEX to the receiving organisation.

This project is financed with the support of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the European Union