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Vivian Reding s'adresse aux participants à la confrérence Penamnet du 8/11/2011

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  1. 1. Press Release PENALNET CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS VicepresidentReding: “E-justice will be a legal reality for citizens, businesses and legal practitioners.”  PenalNet is the first virtual network for European criminal lawyers in cooperation with lawyers from France, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Spain, and as of this month, the two Belgian Bars.Brussels, 9 November 2011.-The opening ceremony of the PenalNetConference, the first secure communication network between European criminallawyers taking place in Brussels has been participated by the Vice-President ofthe European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding (viavideoconference) and the Director of the e-Justice Committee of the EU CouncilFernando Paulino Pereira, together with lawyers from all over Europe andrepresentatives from various European Bar councils and institutions. The Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner forJustice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, who participated inthe opening ceremony by videoconference, highlighted the efforts of the SpanishBar “for the ambitious initiative it has just undertaken in the context of e-Justice”. Moreover, Reding, highlighted that Penalnet is a very promising project asregards crossborder cooperation of legal practitioners. Both the implementationof an electronic communication platform for lawyers and the use of encryptedvideoconference technologies will make it much easier, faster and more costefficient to exchange information and to cooperate efficiently”. E-justice will be a legal reality for citizens, businesses and legal practitioners.She also pointed out the advances made in matters of cooperation by theEuropean Union, as a “we have to think about common regulations in matters offundamental rights, rights of victims and also in substantive criminal law”. The Director of the e-Justice Committee of the European Union Council,Fernando Paulino Pereira, pointed out the close relationship between PenalNetand the EU e-Justice project stressing that “one day e-Justice and PenalNet aregoing to be two sides of the same coin”. Fernando PaulinoPereira, also said thatthe intention of the EU Council “is to work with the Bars, as when talking ofJustice we are talking of cooperating with the actors of Justice and lawyers arethe principal players in this”. Information and Partners  
  2. 2. Press Release In Carlos Carnicers opinion, “we know that justice delayed is not justice,and law and technology are a source of prosperity and progress.They need toadvance hand in hand to build Europe”. For Carnicer, “Europe is increasinglybecoming a unique judicial space which includes millions of people, in whichinformation technology and technology are tools for continuous improvement,instruments of equality, justice and competitiveness, services that help breakingdown barriers day after day which are even higher than the Berlin Wall, thePyrenees Mountains or deeper than the English Channel”. Carnicer also highlighted his satisfaction at the recent adhesion of theBelgian Bar Associations (the Flemish speaking order and the French and Germanspeaking order) to the PenalNet project which now forms part of the Bar Councilsof Spain, France, Italy and Romania.PENALNETThe PenalNet Conference, which has brought together lawyers from all overEurope at the Instituto Cervantes in Brussels, is the first meeting of this virtualnetwork for criminal lawyers in Europe and has the participation of thousands oflawyers from France, Italy, Hungary, Romania and Spain already take part, andwhich the Bars of other countries will join shortly. The design of the Conference, in the words of Carlos Carnicer, “has beenconceived as a project of innovation, building a team, which defends theessential values of the profession, with a huge impact and recognition and for thefuture”. Through PenalNet,the EU lawyers can establish communications andexhcange documents with their colleagues in a completely secure, efficient andconfidential way over the internet. In addition, PenalNet provides lawyers withencrypted multi-videoconferencing facilitieswhichwill permit the development ofvirtual meetings between lawyers in different points of Europe, guaranteeing thesafety of communications for the lawyer and confidentiality for their client. PenalNet, a project headed by the Spanish Bar and supported and co-financed by the European Union, has been highlighted as one of the mostimportant technological projects for e-Justice by the Vice-President of theEuropean Commission and the Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rightsand Citizenship, Viviane Reding. The secure communications network, PenalNet, started a second phase ofthe project in 2011 known as PenalNet Plus, of which a delegation ofrepresentatives from PenalNet has started a presentation tour of the platform in Information and Partners  
  3. 3. Press ReleaseBelgium, Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Greece, UnitedKingdom and Poland, to demonstrate the advantages of joining the first networkfor criminal lawyers in Europe and the benefits it can offer lawyers in their dailywork and ultimately, to the benefit of citizens. In fact the interest of European criminal lawyers has been confirmed byover 60,000 visits to the website in the first few months. Thisresponse by European legal professionals to a pioneering initiative such asPenalNet represents one more step in the development of a commontechnological framework of European Justice, e-Justice.AWARD TO CCBEThe framework of the PenalNet Conference also provided the setting for thepresentation of the Innovation Award to Georges-Albert Dal, President of theCouncil of European Bars (CCBE), who received the award on behalf of theSpanish Bar by the President, Carlos Carnicer, for CCBEs work and contributionto e-Justice. CCBE has created, jointly with PenalNet, the first European e-IDcard for lawyers. These professional cards use EU standardized digitalcertification, which grant interoperability thus assuring a valid proof of thecondition of lawyer across the EU and also incorporating access to a wide varietyof services. The work of two former CCBE Presidents Mr. Peter Koves (2008)who created the e-Justice strategy of the CCBE and José MaríaDavóFernández(2010) who promoted CCBE’s participation in the E-Codex project was alsohonoured as attendants of the event.LEGAL AIDAnother interesting project was the online legal aid system created by theSpanish Bar ( This project, presented by JulenFernández Conte, EU Director of the CGAE, has become a source of inspirationfor the European Commission contractor for theEU feasibility study on onlinelegal aid. The speaker stated that “a lot has been done for the four freedoms, butthey become wet paper without the one fundamental right of defense and legalaid”. He further stated that “legal aid for the poor is still poorly regulated”although there are grounds for improvement now that the Charter ofFundamental Rights has entered into force and the adhesion to the HRConvention should foster this too. Online legal aid facilitates access to justice toEuropean citizens by reducing delays and costs and improves the managementby the Bars in comparison to other traditional and paper based models. Information and Partners  
  4. 4. Press ReleaseA NETWORK FOR THE ENTIRE EUThe project, headed by the Spanish Bar, aims to establish a large network whichincorporates all the criminal lawyers from all the Bars of the European Union andis co-financed by the Directorate-General of Justice of the European Commission.For further information pleasecontact:Diego Rafael León (0)2 280 05 explanatory video on theproject) Information and Partners  