The Polish Ministry of Justice (Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości) has announced the launch of the European e-Justice Internet Portal.
Department Head at the European Commission responsible for the portal
"e-Justice" is Polish - Jacek Garstka, a judge and a long standing
employee of the Ministry of Justice, where he was seconded to the
Polish Permanent Representation in Brussels. Since March 2009, his work
has been with the European Commission.
The Polish announcement notes that the European side of e-Justice "was
officially launched at a meeting of the EU Council for Justice and Home
Affairs, held in Brussels on 15th to 16th July 2010.
During a press conference, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Justice Minister,
described how it was possible to access the e-Justice portal from the
Polish Ministry of Justice’s home page (left side under main menu). A
special guest at the press conference was Marie-Therese Duffy-Haeusler,
Director of the European Commission Delegation in Poland.
Some extracts from the news announcement about the Press Conference.
- The initiative "e-Justice" is intended to help citizens, businesses
and lawyers have access to justice information from all European Union
countries - said the Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski. - The portal is a
common way to access information on EU law and domestic law of all
Member States - he added.
- The information on the site is available in 22 official EU
languages, including of course in Polish. - This will help to overcome
language barriers that often prevent people gaining information on the
legal systems of Member States - said the Minister Krzysztof
Kwiatkowski. - The portal is constantly upgraded with new tabs.
Ultimately, information about the laws in force in the country of the
Union will be given in all 22 languages, which is 27 legal systems of
EU countries in the 22 official EU languages - he added.
Polish Radio SA (Internet) in reporting on the Polish Government press conference makes reference to the following points.
Justice Minister Krzysztof Kwiatkowski explained that, for example,
Polish companies can instantly check how to assert their rights, if a
non Polish partner does not pay for a service or "That they will be
able to obtain information about Polish service providers working in
other countries who have legal issues such as non payment and learn
about upon which legal principles a claim can be pursued.
Director of the European Commission Delegation in Poland, Marie-Terese
Duffy Haeusler believes that the portal will facilitate the lives of
many citizens of the Union. - "A few clicks is enough to find out where
to complain, to find a lawyer, access to bankruptcy records, and land
in a member state - says the director of the Duffy-Häusler.
In a news story published by the ePSIplatform, there is more
information about the launch of the e-Justice Portal and ccommetary on
issues such as lack of clarity in licences by a number of EU Member
States: Legal Information: A picture of Europe!