EVIDENCE2e-CODEX, together with “Electronic Xchange of e-Evidences with e-CODEX” (EXEC) and the e-Evidence Project led by the European Commission, organized a two-day event engaging more than 65 technical and legal experts from the digital justice community to discuss and test the three projects' applications. The joint Merging Views Workshop took place in Florence, Italy, on 25-26 September 2019.

The event was focused on the achievements of the three projects.

The Evidence Exchange Standard Package Application, provided by EVIDENCE2e-CODEX, integrates the formal language for representing and supporting the electronic evidence exchange process (CASE) in an electronic evidence platform.

The e-Evidence Digital Exchange System, provided by the EC, is the system that manages the EIO/MLA procedures/instruments: e-Forms, business logic, statistics, log, etc. The Reference Implementation is the front-end portal of the e-Evidence Digital Exchange System and is also provided by the EC.

Both instruments are using e-CODEX, being the content agnostic e-Delivery infrastructure that supports cross-border e-Justice services. The EXEC project is extending/strengthening some components of e-CODEX to manage the evidence exchange service.

The European experts reflected on several important aspects:

Actions and progress on the legal issues for EIO and MLA in MSs;

Practical labs for the use of the Reference Implementation Portal and the Evidence Exchange Standard Package Application;

Interactions between the Evidence Exchange Standard Package Application and the Reference Implementation Portal.

Each session was organized around a technical overview and/or demo of the specific features, followed by a dedicated discussion. All presentations given during the Workshop, including agenda, venue information, photos, etc. can be found here.

A total of 17 Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, and the Netherlands), alongside representatives of EUROJUST and EJN, took part in the hands-on exercises providing feedback and recommendations for improvement of the tools. The next updates of the instruments will be presented during the joint Final Conference to be held in January 2020. Stay tuned!