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.
The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 220.127.116.11 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:
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):
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:
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:
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:
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:
4. RESULTS EXPECTED FROM THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The benefits and expected outcomes of this call for proposals are defined in Section 18.104.22.168 of the 2016 work programme. In relation to the generic services, this includes:
4.1 Interconnection of Insolvency Registers:
4.2 Find a lawyer / Find a notary:
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.