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Project for electronic processing of the European order for payment procedure

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The European order for payment procedure, established by Regulation (EC) No 1896/2006, is meant to simplify and accelerate cross-border procedures for the enforcement of uncontested claims. Since simple procedural rules alone are not sufficient to ensure swift and efficient procedure, it was necessary to provide uncomplicated access to the procedures for all EU citizens and swift and efficient processing in the courts.

Germany and Austria developed an IT application for the electronic processing of the European order for payment procedure. The project involves three general cooperation partners, namely the Senate Administration of Justice of the state of Berlin, Germany, represented by the local court in Wedding, the Federal Ministry of Justice of Austria and the Federal Computing Centre providers make up the operational level and are grouped according to the different sections of the project. It is mainly meant to contribute to reaching two general objectives: helping to eliminate impediments for a smooth functioning of cross-border civil procedures and facilitating access to justice for private individuals and companies. The implementation of EC Regulation No. 1896/2006 is the specific objective of the project and in particular its effective and future-proof application for the European order for payment procedure. Consequently, a pilot application was first developed that has since expanded to all Member States for their individual use and reflects the complete process of the European order for payment procedure. The first models were developed following the existing automatic processes in the Austrian judiciary. Several elements of this IT system could be used by analogy and thus reduced the time and the money required for its development. The surface scheme and the corresponding programming framework provided a good basis for developing templates for processing a case efficiently. In the preparatory work, the individual steps of the European order for payment procedure were first analysed on the basis of Regulation No. 1896/2006 and other relevant community legislation. The findings were described in process reports and led to the identification and description of some concrete application steps for the European order for payment procedure. This is turn was the basis for mapping the processes in an IT system. Furthermore, the existing IT infrastructures in the judicial systems of Germany and Austria were examined.

The following measures were realised:

  • A basic system was developed for the processing of applications under the European order for payment procedure, allowing judicial officers and court staff to do their work efficiently and comfortably;
  • The basic outline, equipped with language and currency modules, can be used in all EU Member States. Being a pilot model, the application was first adapted to the existing infrastructure.

It was prepared for use in, for example, the German and Austrian variations of electronic justice systems. The systems were, however, always adapted using modules so that other Member States can exchange the connecting components with their own national implementation structure.

Award info
Award category: partnership working
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Justice, police, human rights and security
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Keywords: Cross-border procedures, payment procedure
Short English description: It is mainly meant to contribute to reaching two general objectives: helping to eliminate impediments for a smooth functioning of cross-border civil procedures and facilitating access to justice for private individuals and companies
Further information
Organisation: Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice
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Level of government:
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved:
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Project for electronic processing of the European order for payment procedure (48.2058048, 16.3558794)
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