Several governmental and private initiatives have been coordinated by the Secretariat-General of the French Government in order to organize, under France’s EU presidency, an event intended to inform the public about the progress of projects that have been carried out in France and in Europe. Those projects are favouring the improvement of access to law and the elaboration of law thanks to technological developments, and to promote the improvements that have been made in this field. Since the law of the Member States started to be published via the Internet a decade ago, a European “Digital Legal Area” composed of several elements (whether public or private, with charge or open source) has progressively emerged. With the development of this area, it is easier to put together and compare the legal systems on one hand, and the technological standards enabling their digital broadcasting on the other hand. The Official Journals of the Member States play a key role in that process. The have gained a new dimension, by participating actively to the economic life of their country, by contributing to the budget orthodoxy of their regulatory authority through innovation in the field of self-financing, and finally appear as a privileged way to experience the e-administration. In the same time, most of the States are facing a growing (...)
Some short comments :
- http://www.service-public.gouv.fr is one of the best websites that makes law accessible to the general public.
- European law applicable to the European citizen is the least widely known law ,not only to the average citizen but also to local or national authorities
-European institutions' websites do not "press on" their information on to civil society at large, private sector or non-profit making publishers and do not encourage further distribution by other potential mediators .they still consider themselves as the centre of the world.
-the public sector information directive is still badly applied in most European countries
See all the presentations on http://www.legalaccess.eu/?lang=en
See also many papers on this blog
Legal Informatics and Management of Legislative Documents
UK Public Sector Information : a better way to use it
"Law via the Internet" -- LII 2008 conference in Florence