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.

"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. "

You can also

download the full text of the European Commission press release

download the full text of Viviane Reding's speech

download the programme and/or

watch the livestream.

After the official opening of the Institute, the first ELI project workshop on the Proposal for a Common European Sales Law (CESL) took place on 17 and 18 November.

The Secretary General, Mr. Tobias Schulte in den Bäumen, was appointed as from 1st November 2011.