LRI MS Connection 2 Kick-off

Mathias Maurer
EU project partners: Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Spain, Portugal

The new EU project LRI MS Connection 2 has been kicked-off at the beginning of March 2020 as a follow-up of the previous project LRI MS Connection.

In the previous project the Austria and Estonia had pioneered in developing the first connections of national Land registers to the Land Register Interconnection service (LRI) at the European e-Justice Portal - a future electronic one-stop-shop in the area of justice.

This work is now continued in the second LRI project by extending the connection to further Member States. Latvia will follow Austria and Estonia in establishing a two-way  connection to the central LRI system. Additionally, Hungary, Portugal and Spain will complete a full analysis of all aspects necessary in order to prepare for a technical connection at a later stage. 

The new members to the LRI community will certainly benefit from the pioneer work done in the first Project LRI MS Connection. Moreover, as some aspects of the interconnection are still in progress, all partners will strive to find feasible solutions together with the European Commission's Directorate-General Justice and Consumers (DG JUST)  in order to extend the functionalities of the LRI platform

Since the lockdown situation due to the Corona virus was established at the very beginning of the project, the initial project plans needed some adaptions accordingly. The first meetings of the project partners had to be switched from face-to-face meetings to online videoconferences. Also, the project duration was extended from initial 15 months to 20 months.

At an early stage of the project it was planned initially to hold a face-to-face workshop to transfer the knowledge gained during the first project from project partners Austria and Estonia to the newcoming project members.  As all partners agreed that conducting the activities of knowledge transfer as a full two-day videoconference would not be feasible, the lead partners Austria and Estonia came up with an alternative approach.  

Read more about our alternative approach for the knowledge transfer in our next post.