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2016 CEF Telecom Call - European e-Justice Portal (CEF-TC-2016-2)
Deadline: 15 Sep 2016   CALL EXPIRED

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1. CALL CONTEXT

The general context for this call for proposals is defined in Section 2.1 of the 2016 CEF Telecom work programme1 as published on the call page on the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) website2.

2. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

The background and rationale for this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.12.1 of the 2016 work programme.

3. PRIORITIES

The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.12.2.2 of the 2016 work programme, namely to encourage the interconnectivity (development, deployment, testing and

operation) of generic services in EU Member States which will allow the modules of the e-Justice Portal to serve a greater audience and thus better fulfil their public function.

The following generic services and activities are covered under this call:

3.1 Interconnection of Insolvency Registers:

  • Implementation of the agreed web service specification necessary for communication with the Core Service Platform.

Only applications submitted by national public administrations or other competent bodies responsible for or operating insolvency, business or commercial registers will be funded. Applicants must demonstrate in their proposal the responsibility for or competence in operating insolvency, business or commercial registers (e.g. by providing supporting documents such as government act, legal basis, etc.).

3.2 Find a lawyer / Find a notary:

Implementation at the national level by national bar associations, national law societies and national notary associations of the agreed web service specification necessary for communication with the Core Service Platform.

In countries where legal professionals are not centralised at the national level and instead distributed at the national level, implementation of the technical and organisational work required towards defining a common set of supported search criteria, data sets and establishment of a single interconnection access point for the European e-Justice Portal

Applications which aim at full national coverage will receive higher priority during the evaluation than those offering partial coverage, unless there is a clear commitment that the system would be open to non-participating national bodies in the future, which should be explained and demonstrated in the application.

Only applications submitted by national bar associations and law societies (Find a Lawyer), national notary associations (Find a Notary) will be funded. Where these professions are not centralised, applications submitted by regional bar associations and law societies or notary associations will be supported, provided the conditions above are respected.

3.3 European Case Law Identifier (ECLI):

  • Adoption and implementation of the ECLI standard on national level
  • Provision of national case law to the Core Service Platform, to allow users to search for and find case law decisions featuring an ECLI identifier and metadata.

Applications which aim at the full national adoption of the ECLI standard and the establishment of an interconnection to the ECLI search engine of the European e-Justice Portal will receive

higher priority during the evaluation than those offering partial adoption (for example limited to the judicial decisions of a Supreme Court, or to prospective adoption of the ECLI standard).

Only applications submitted by national, European and international case law publishers or providers will be supported. Applicants must demonstrate competence in this domain in the proposal (e.g. by providing supporting documents such as statutes, annual reports, etc.).

3.4 Access to e-CODEX:

The Access to e-CODEX package has been created to support Member States exclusively for joining two of the e-CODEX judicial workflows - the European Order for Payment (EOP) and the European Small Claims (ESC) procedure - as parties able to receive claims from users of the European e-Justice Portal.

Priority will be given to the applications that, in addition to receiving claims, also propose to support sending back communication and decisions from the national court(s) via e-CODEX to the users of the European e-Justice Portal.

Activities funded in this area will include:

  • Those related to the deployment, adaptation, configuration, testing and operation of the e- CODEX connector (or of other existing third party software that can fulfil the same role with minimal adaptation) required for fulfilling the tasks mandated by the e-CODEX communication standard as described in the e-CODEX specifications such as generation of the necessary evidence of reception, signature validation, message packaging and other relevant tasks;

  • Per judicial workflow, the tasks required for connecting to e-CODEX, including:

    • o Connection of the national case management infrastructure to the eDelivery platform or establishment of workflows around the stand-alone connector,
    • o Generation of XML files for all forms mandated by the judicial procedure, compliant with the e-CODEX XSDs as described in the e-CODEX specifications,
    • o Generation of PDF files for all forms mandated by the judicial procedure using the templates of the respective European regulations,
    • o End-to-end testing.
  • In addition, if the deployment of eDelivery is included in the proposal, the specific objective of this activity is to:
    • a. deploy AS4-compliant access points3 and/or to operate AS4-compliant access points for one year;
    • b. upgrade data exchange solutions (Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS), Open-Source Software (OSS) or others) to support, and therefore fully comply with CEF eDelivery standards.

Where eDelivery is not deployed as a part of proposal, application must demonstrate the use of eDelivery services through a service provider.

Applicants are encouraged to bundle all e-CODEX requests as a single application if possible. The connection will be considered achieved if and only if, for the judicial workflow(s) included in the proposal, the users of the e-Justice Portal can send to one or more courts in the Member State applying for funding any form linked to the judicial workflow that is meant to be sent from the claimant to the court, receiving evidence of reception. If this is included in its application, the applicant must also supply proof of its ability to return all forms meant to be sent from the court to the claimant. The transmission is to be done using the technologies and standards described above or those which are compatible. This will be verified using the test plans defined by the e-CODEX project.

At the minimum, both a TEST and a PRODUCTION system must be set up by the applicant. For both systems, functional, non-functional and system integration tests must be successfully carried out before the connection is considered achieved:

  • Gateway-to-gateway tests and connector-to-connector tests between the applicant and the European Commission

  • Compliance to e-CODEX XSD definitions: for the judicial workflow(s) the applicant commits to implementing, correct and complete encoding/decoding of the relevant forms defined for the use case(s). The XML specification to be used is defined in the e-CODEX project for the concerned forms4

  • Business tests of the application – receiving: receiving a document from the European e-Justice Portal and successfully processing it in the national application

  • (Optional, if the applicant commits to operating as a sending side) Business tests of the application – sending: producing a document with the national application and sending it to the European e-Justice Portal

    Only applications submitted by public administrations of EU Member States will be funded.

3.5 European Court Database:

  • Adaptation and/or extension of national databases to implement a mechanism for the automatic import of relevant data (e.g. court details, competences, etc.) to the European Court Database.

Only applications submitted by public administrations will be funded.

Funding, which will cover up to three types of activities in each of the above-mentioned generic services, may include:

  • Hook-up: all activities linked to the development of specific connection software, modifications and adaptations of existing information systems for the purposes of the hook-up (ex. installation and configuration of hardware and software infrastructure, required adaptations in existing software solutions and data sources, deployment of the generic service, local and integration testing, project management, etc.)
    In duly justified and substantiated cases, proposals which aim to substantially increase the scope and/or the added value of an in situ generic service may also be considered as hook-up activities.
  • Operation: costs such as hosting, acquisition of certificates or software licenses, technical support, etc.
  • Maintenance: any activity required for maintaining the specific connection software and associated configuration in good working order, including adaptive maintenance (changing the software to work in a changing infrastructure), corrective maintenance (resolving bugs) and evolutive maintenance (changing the software to adapt to evolving requirements such as changes in the Core Platform or in the national service).

Where only parts of one of the generic services indicated above are not yet implemented, a provision for their implementation can be included in the application as long as a clear distinction between the existing and still to be implemented parts is made.

Separate applications should be submitted if the applicant(s) seek(s) to implement multiple types of generic services. However, implementations of the same generic service (e.g., Interconnection of Insolvency Registers) by different applicants or by the same applicant in different instances can and should be grouped as much as possible in a single application.

Actions which are explicitly excluded from the scope of the call include:

  • e-Justice actions that do not have a clear and direct link to the European e-Justice Portal modules as listed in section 3.12.1 of the work programme
  • Generic services that are already operational before the launch of this call
  • e-CODEX judicial workflows other than the European Order for Payment (EOP) and European Small Claims (ESC) or other uses of e-CODEX technology (see 3.4 above).

4. RESULTS EXPECTED FROM THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The benefits and expected outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 3.12.2.4 of the 2016 work programme. In relation to the generic services, this includes:

4.1 Interconnection of Insolvency Registers:

 

  • Improving the provision of relevant and timely information to creditors and courts involved and preventing the opening of parallel insolvency proceedings.
  • Allowing certain Member States to expediently comply with the requirements of the EU Regulation on insolvency proceeding
  • Interconnecting Member State insolvency registers via the European e-Justice Portal

4.2 Find a lawyer / Find a notary:

  • Facilitating access to justice in particular in a cross-border context
  • Extending and completing coverage in terms of Member State participation
  • Providing a comprehensive EU-wide search engine for finding members of these two legal professions across Europe

4.3 European Case Law Identifier (ECLI):

Implementing technical solutions allowing access to national case law at the national and European levels in compliance with the ECLI standard.

4.4 Access to e-CODEX:

Enlarging the Member State coverage where electronic use of the European Order for Payment and the European Small Claims cross-border legal instruments is possible, and thus enabling courts to receive electronic submissions of claims from citizens, business and legal practitioners across the EU.

4.5 European Court Database:

Enabling a smoother and enhanced process of Member State data provision to the Database, resulting in more up-to-date and accurate information.



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