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Opening of the ELI Secretariat in Vienna with EU Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding

The ELI Secretariat moved to its new office premises on 1st November 2011. To mark the occasion, and the formal opening of the ELI, a public presentation of the ELI, and of the work of the Secretariat, was made on 17 November 2011 in the presence and with the support of Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

From left to right: University of Vienna‘s Rector Heinz W. Engl, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding, Austrian Federal Minister of Justice Beatrix Karl and ELI President Sir Francis Jacobs

From left to right: University of Vienna‘s Rector Heinz W. Engl, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding, Austrian Federal Minister of Justice Beatrix Karl and ELI President Sir Francis Jacobs

"The European Law Institute will help build a European legal culture. More consistency between Europe's different legal systems will help strengthen mutual trust and our citizens' confidence in the EU's legal system, strengthening confidence in the European rule of law, which is the cement binding the European Union together," EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said. "It will make the European area of justice concrete and real so that people can exercise their rights and take advantage of the Single Market's opportunities. The Institute will also bring added value to research on how EU law is implemented across the Union. It will engage in projects that will have concrete results for the daily lives of European citizens and legal practitioners. "

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