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Presentation of EGLE project

Guide to good practices in civil judicial expertise in the European Union

After Rome on May 30th, Paris July 3rd, members of the jury met behind closed doors on September 11th in Lisbon to pursue elaboration of the recommendations and so finalize the writing of the Guide of best practice

Madam, Sir

As part of a project entitled EGLE - European Guide for Legal Expertise co-financed by the European Commission, EEEI has launched work aimed at developing a guide to good practices in civil judicial expertise in the European Union.

Please find attached about the EGLE project.

This guide is currently being finalized by a Jury consisting of 9 European personalities.

This project is the recognition of the importance of legal expertise in numerous disputes. It is the recognition of the Expert’s contribution in the resolution of many of them, but more generally it will increase the confidence in expertise operations in countries other than one’s own, and increase the quality of expertise operations in all countries, particularly those in the European Union and will make it possible to pursue excellence in operations of expertise.

 In order to disseminate the guide as widely as possible, we would like to benefit from your help.
If you agree to help us, just send us your agreement to the following address : egle.guide at experts-institute.eu .

Following your commitment we will send a message in different languages with a download link that will give you access to the work.

So that we can send details on the extent of the dissemination to the European Commission who is co-financing the project, we need to know the target and the number of your mailing lists :

  • We will ask you to include our email address in your mailing.
  • We can also send the links to your lists ourselves if you provide us with the addresses to do this.

A paper version will be available at the end of October, sign up to receive it free of charge (within the limits of available stocks), by clicking on the link « Guide ».

Counting on your support and your collaboration, Madam, Sir, we thank you for your attention to this message.


 

 

The working groups

10 months into the EGLE - European Guide to Legal Expertise - project and 6 months after the Kick-off meeting that took place in Brussels on 9 July and effectively launched the work of about 60 participants, it is time for a small end-of-year update. The four Working Groups have met twice since July - in Paris, Barcelona, Ghent, and Koln, and are presenting in this newsletter the first summary reports of their ongoing discussions on civil judicial expertise in Europe.

The debates and reflexions within each Working Group have been enriched and there are increasing discussions between the Groups, with members exchanging in French and English on overlapping questions. Their next meetings are taking place after the holiday in Milan, The Hague and Paris. The deadline for their final reports is 30 March, when the work will be submitted to the Organizing Committee and to the Jury.

During its meeting of 18 November, the Organizing Committee agreed on some appointments for the Jury, based on a balanced representation of members from various countries and professions. The list is still open for completion, and final decisions will be made in February.

Reminder of the 4 Working Group themes

  1. Appointing an expert : mission and expectations
  2. Expert proceedings and the expert’s report,
  3. Qualifications, Competence, and the evaluation of experts,
  4. The status and ethics of experts : free exercise and liability.

You can download just below :

The EGLE presentation and the summaries of the working groups.

Kickoff-meeting EGLE project, Brussels, July 9th

The Kickoff meeting for the EGLE project successfully took place on 9th July 2014 in the Barreau de Bruxelles, and was attended by 40 people from across the European Union. New contributors joined Working Groups 1, 3, and 4, and we are very happy to welcome them to the project.
Initial presentations and an overview of the background of the project were made by Ms. Patricia Grandjean, Mr. Philippe Jacquemin, and Mr. Alain Nuée. EEEI President and EGLE Promoter Jean-Raymond Lemaire gave a short reminder of the
project’s budget policy. Two interpreters were present to translate the proceedings, and despite one or two glitches with our new equipment, this helped ensure understanding for all those present.
After a short lunch-break, members of each Working Group got together to work
on their appointed topics, and each Working Group defined the work to be done for the next meetings in September. The two members present for the Data Study Group, Beatriz Gil from Spain and Alice Marcotulli from Italy, worked on the Databank and made suggestions for how best to present and share documents. EGLE members can now find and share all documents concerning the EGLE project on the EEEI/EGLE Dropbox, for which they have received an invitation by email.

Kickoff-meeting EGLE project, Brussels, July 9th

The Kickoff meeting for the EGLE project successfully took place on 9th July 2014 in the Barreau de Bruxelles, and was attended by 40 people from across the European Union. New contributors joined Working Groups 1, 3, and 4, and we are very happy to welcome them to the project.
Initial presentations and an overview of the background of the project were made by Ms. Patricia Grandjean, Mr. Philippe Jacquemin, and Mr. Alain Nuée. EEEI President and EGLE Promoter Jean-Raymond Lemaire gave a short reminder of the
project’s budget policy. Two interpreters were present to translate the proceedings, and despite one or two glitches with our new equipment, this helped ensure understanding for all those present.
After a short lunch-break, members of each Working Group got together to work
on their appointed topics, and each Working Group defined the work to be done for the next meetings in September. The two members present for the Data Study Group, Beatriz Gil from Spain and Alice Marcotulli from Italy, worked on the Databank and made suggestions for how best to present and share documents. EGLE members can now find and share all documents concerning the EGLE project on the EEEI/EGLE Dropbox, for which they have received an invitation by email.

Reports of the meetings on June 11th 2014

Under the EGLE Project two meetings were held on june 11th 2014. Here attached the reports of the Organizing Committee and the Data Study Group meetings.

The EGLE project has been launched

As a reminder, EGLE is short for European Guide to Legal Expertise, and is a project that comes as a natural follow-up to the EEEI’s successful EUREXPERTISE project of 2011-2012. Like EUREXPERTISE, it has been co-funded by the European Commission’s DG Justice.

EGLE was launched on 1st March 2014, and its Organizing Committee, chaired by Mr. Alain Nuée, met on 9 April in Paris to implement the method of the Consensus Conference and prepare the next steps before the Kick-off meeting of 9 July 2014 in Brussels. The Kick-off meeting will bring together for the first time the EGLE Organizing Committee, and the members of the Working Groups and Data Study Group. We are expecting about 40 judges, lawyers, academics, and experts from over 14 countries. 

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/files/summaries_selected_2013_ag_jciv_en.pdf 

The aim of the EGLE project is to reach a European consensus on the best practices in civil judicial expertise and to draft a European Guide to good practice. The method that was chosen to achieve this is the consensus conference, a tested method which follows strict rules to ensure that the final, plenary debates spark constructive results. The preparatory work for this conference is carried out by a Data Study Group and 4 Working Groups, led by the Organizing Committee.

So far, EGLE has contributors from Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain. Members from the 28 countries of the European Union have expressed an interest in the EEEI’s work, and we are still welcoming new participants to this project. If you are interested in contributing to this project, don’t hesitate to let us know at m.elalaoui at experts-institute.eu or contact at experts-institute.eu or to forward this information to people who may be interested.

The Data Study Group is entrusted with the task of collecting all available work on the subject of civil judicial expertise. It will put together a Databank, including the Final Report of the EUREXPERTISE project, to be given to the Working Groups during the Kick-off meeting of 9 July 2014. It will also be responsible for collecting the documents written by the various members during and between each of the Working Group sessions and of sharing all additional content gathered during the preparatory work for the Plenary Conference of 6 May 2015 in Rome. Lastly, it will be responsible for drawing up the Final Report of the Conference for the Organizing Committee.

The 4 Working Groups of 8 to 10 people each are based on the 4 topics that were debated in EUREXPERTISE and correspond to the following themes :

  1. Appointing an expert : mission and expectations
  2. Expert proceedings and the expert’s report,
  3. Qualifications, Competence, and the evaluation of experts,
  4. The status and ethics of experts : free exercise and liability.  

The Working Groups will meet every two months from the Kick-off meeting of 9 July 2014 in Brussels, to review and discuss practices, confront experiences, and draw up recommendations for best practices in civil judicial expertise. Each Working Group will appoint a rapporteur to present the results of its work at the Plenary Conference on 6 May 2015 in Rome.

The Plenary Conference of 6 May in Rome is a public conference that will be attended by 250 judges, lawyers, experts, and academics from all across the European Union.

The debates organized during this conference will help provide insight to a Jury of renowned figures who will rank the good practices. These results will constitute the base of the European Guide to Legal Expertise, which will be published in French and English and submitted to the European Commission along with draft Directives in the form of a White Paper.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Plenary Conference on 6 May 2015 in Rome, save the date !

The EGLE project has started

The EGLE project has started.

It is with a lot of pleasure that I am participating in the Organizing Committee of the EUROPEAN GUIDE to LEGAL EXPERTISE (EGLE), a project that has just been launched at the initiative of the EEEI. The EEEI has become ever more recognized in most European countries, with the membership of more and more institutional members. Its General Assembly of 23 May is proof of this growth.

As representative for European Affairs of the General Council of Judicial Experts of Spain, and as President of the Company of Judicial Experts of Catalonia, I strongly believe that the birth of European experts is occurring at the initiative of the EEEI. The Brussels Symposium of 2012 helped us to identify expert practices in different countries of the European Union. But also, and more often than we had imagined it, enabled us to find the similarities between the national regulations. This symposium set the bases and the EEEI is now proposing, with the EGLE project, to develop a good practice guide for civil judicial expertise in Europe, to enable this reconciliation of this expertise in the different European Member States. This objective will be that much easier to reach with participants contributing from the largest possible number of countries and representing various sensitivities or ways of approaching judicial expertise.

With Ms. Beatrice Deshayes, lawyer in Paris and Cologne, I am the person in charge of Working Group No. 1 entitled "Appointing an expert : mission and expectations”. To manage to find ways of convergence on these two subjects, we will face a rich and sometimes intense debate, probably due to differences in the system of judicial proof of the countries involved. But this entire task will not be sterile, since it may become the seed of a strong alignment to reach a strong European quality of Justice, that meets the guarantees afforded to parties and will also serve to dilute the problems which we perceive as regards evidence in cross-border procedures.

I thus invite all experts, judges, academics and lawyers to approach the EEEI and get actively involved in the EGLE project. As the main actors of Justice, we are obliged to ensure its quality.

Rafael Orellana de Castro - Representative of the General Council of Judicial Experts (Spain). President of the Company of Judicial experts of Catalonia. Vice-Chairman of the Orientation Committee of the EEEI.

Documents

  • Factsheet EGLE project (pdf 150.1 kb) Download
  • Summaries of the working groups (pdf 318.9 kb) Download
  • EGLE presentation (pdf 1.1 Mb) Download
  • EGLE kickoff meeting speech jrl (pdf 77.1 kb) Download
  • Report of Data Study Group meeting of June 2014 (pdf 279.2 kb) Download
  • Report of the Organizing Committee meeting of June 2014 (pdf 312.8 kb) Download
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