Foto 1 BAXAIn collaboration with the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, ACA-Europe held a seminar entitled „The ACA-Europe Information Network“ at the seat of the aforementioned court in Brno on 7 November 2014. The seminar was opened by an introductory speech of Mr. Josef BAXA, the President of the Supreme Administrative Court and the President of ACA-Europe, and consisted of three round tables.

 

The first round table „The Forum: a shared pool of information for practitioners of EU and European law“ was opened by Mr. Louis DUTHEILLET DE LAMOTHE, the Master of Petitions at the Council of State of France, who described the origins and objectives of the tool as well as the difficulties that the Forum is currently encountering and offered several proposals on how the functioning of the Forum might be improved in the future. The following speaker, Mr. Christophe STASSART, the Database Manager of ACA-Europe, explained how the tool works and showed its most important features to the participants. The first round table was closed by a fruitful round table discussion chaired by Ms. Lucia ZÁHRADNÍKOVÁ, the Head of the Research and Documentation Service of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, where all the participants had the chance to share their valuable views, opinions and suggestions about the Forum.
The second round table discussed the subject of „The ACA-Europe Databases: Dec.Nat and JuriFast“ and it was introduced by Mr. Eric THIBAUT, Deputy Secretary General of ACA-Europe and First Auditor Head of Section at the Council of State of Belgium, who presented the most important facts and figures related to both databases and also the problems connected to their use. Then Mr. Christophe STASSART similarly to the first round table practically showed all participants how the databases work and what are their most important features. This section was also closed by a round table discussion chaired my Mrs. Cornelie BUTZ, the Head of Information and Documentation Unit of the Federal Administrative Court of Germany, where the participants shared their experiences with the JuriFast database regarding various aspects such as the choice of decisions, the process of elaborating summaries and their upload, the formal requirements and the adherence to these, the diversity of approaches of different institution, etc.
The third round table was dedicated to „E-Justice: recent developments (since 5 years)“ and it constituted a follow-up to the seminar „Administrative Jurisdiction and e-Justice” organised in 2009 in Athens. At first, Mrs. Cornelie BUTZ presented results of a questionnaire that enabled the participants to compare the current situation to the conditions five years ago and evaluate the progress made in the field of E-Justice. This introduction was followed by three individual presentations of e-procedures of selected countries: Belgium by Mr. Geert DEBERSAQUES, Secretary General of ACA-Europe and the Chamber President at the Council of State of Belgium, France by Mr. Louis DUTHEILLET DE LAMOTHE and finally Czech Republic by Mr. Aleš ROZTOČIL, a Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic.
After the last round table was closed by a brief discussion, Mr. Adam WALACH, an Assistant of the President of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic, presented the general conclusions of the seminar.