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EU Justice and Home Affairs

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he had with his EU counterparts at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 26 and 27 February 2009 on the implementation of the European e-justice action plan; and if he will make a statement. (269672)

My noble Friend, Lord Bach, attended the Justice and Home Affairs Council on 26 and 27 February 2009.

The Czech presidency gave member states a brief update on the state of play of the European e-Justice action plan. There was no substantive discussion. However the presidency did ask the Commission about the financing of e-Justice projects, particularly videoconferencing. The Commission reminded member states that there was already money available to fund e-Justice projects and undertook to present more details at the next Council.

The United Kingdom is actively involved in the development of the e-Justice portal which is the main project to be delivered through the action plan. Current plans show that the first version of the portal will be available in December 2009.