Today, 14 July 2020, we had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Estonian Ministry of Justice at our headquarters in Tallinn.
Raivo Aeg, Minister of Justice, and Tõnis Saar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, met with eu-LISA's Executive Director Krum Garkov and Deputy Executive Director Luca Tagliaretti to exchange views on interoperability and digitalisation in the area of justice.
took over maintenance of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) in April 2020. The Agency is also working on developing and subsequently managing a centralised system to supplement ECRIS, which allows Member States to identify conviction information on third-country nationals and stateless persons (ECRIS-TCN).
Moreover, Member States are currently discussing new cross-border solutions in the justice area, such as the development of e-CODEX and the Digital Criminal Justice Programme. Estonia has an impressive track record in the implementation of e-governance solutions and remains a front-runner in the field of e-Justice systems, with practical experience in the deployment of modern technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.
The EU's e-CODEX (e-Justice Communication via Online Data Exchange) offers a digital infrastructure for secure communication, facilitating cross-border judicial cooperation - crucial to the mobility of citizens and businesses in Europe. The Digital Criminal Justice initiative, currently in development, aims at creating an EU-wide digital platform to enable the European judicial community to exchange critical information and evidence during criminal investigations.