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European Commission welcomes Foundation of the European Law Institute

Paris, 1 June 2011 - Viviane Reding, the European Union’s Justice Commissioner, marked the foundation of the European Law Institute as an important contributor to the EU’s wider goal of building a European area of justice. The Institute, an independent non-profit organisation, will help improve legal consistency in Europe by providing practical advice to policymakers and authorities.

Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding

Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding

"The foundation of the European Law Institute is an important milestone in building an EU-wide area of law, rights and justice," said Vice-President Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. "The Institute has the potential to bring a significant added value to European legal research, improving the implementation of EU law and helping to put it to work for citizens and businesses. I am confident that the European Law Institute will make the most of the rich diversity of Europe's legal systems and contribute to the development of a European legal culture."

European law has a profound impact on the daily lives of European citizens, businesses and national political and legal structures. Academic research and judicial training is needed to further develop and strengthen all areas of European law – whether civil, criminal or administrative.

The Institute will help analyse the difficulties faced by legal professionals, identify possible solutions to help improve the application of EU law, and develop suggestions for reforms of EU legislation in all areas. It will also be a forum for exchange and discussion for lawyers, academics and professionals.

The initiative to create a European Law Institute – promoted by the Commission in its action plan for delivering an area of freedom, security and justice for Europe's citizens (IP/10/447) – draws inspiration from the American Law Institute, a non-governmental body that played a crucial role in developing the Uniform Commercial Code, which facilitates sales and other commercial transactions across the United States’ 50 states.

In addition to strengthening European legal research, the Commission intends to step up the training of legal practitioners in using and applying EU law in practice. It therefore plans to present a comprehensive action plan for European judicial training in the autumn.

For more information, please see the complete EU Commission press release.