The Ministry of Justice is working with the eu-LISA agency to improve the efficiency of the European Union's cross-border judicial system

News - 2023.9.15

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This week, representatives of the Ministry of Justice headed by Pilar Llop have participated in the meetings of the governing bodies for two projects under the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA).

The acting Minister for Justice, Pilar Llop, stressed that "this participation is further proof of the Ministry of Justice's willingness to work together with the other institutions to strengthen the European Union's cross-border judicial system".

The first project is the Joint Investigation Teams (JITs) Collaboration Platform, one of the main legal and organisational tools for cross-border collaboration in Justice and Home Affairs, which aims to provide authorities with a secure and efficient online space for exchanging information and evidence.

The second of these projects consists of improving the e-CODEX system, the electronic communication channel for judicial authorities, legal practitioners and citizens to exchange documents, legal forms, evidence and other information electronically, quickly and securely.

By consensus among all the Member States represented, Spain holds the chairmanship of the e-CODEX Advisory Group. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, but also by private organisations, such as the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the Council of Notaries of the European Union (CNUE) and the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), among others, who were able to present their proposals for this field.

The digital transformation of the justice system is one of the priorities of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU in the field of justice, and it is expected to be the focus of two meetings in Madrid in the coming months: the 'Justice Systems in Times of Change' conference, to be held on 9 and 10 October; and the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable meeting entitled 'Digitalisation of Justice: Turning Challenges into Opportunities', which will take place on 23 and 24 November.

According to Llop, the Ministry's commitment to digital transformation can be seen in "our leadership in drafting the European Union's next e-Justice strategy".

The eu-LISA conference will be attended by its Executive Director, Agnès Diallo, as well as its Board of Directors and various representatives from the EU sector. It aims to boost innovation and digitisation in the area of freedom, security and justice in the EU, which are key to advancing public-private collaboration and coordination at all levels, from the European Commission to the Member States, as well as in industry itself.

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