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Legal Group Report to the UN/CEFACT Plenary Chair: Usva Kuusiholma (Finland) Vice-Chair: Bart Schermer (Netherlands)

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1 Legal Group Report to the UN/CEFACT Plenary Chair: Usva Kuusiholma (Finland) Vice-Chair: Bart Schermer (Netherlands)

2 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary2 Legal Group purpose The purpose of the Legal Group (LG) is to ensure that the legal aspects of electronic business and international trade facilitation are considered in the work of the UN/CEFACT. To this end the Legal Group analyses current legal processes and issues within the mission and objectives of UN/CEFACT, identifies legal constraints that adversely affect the mission and objectives of the Centre, and proposes practical improvements to these legal processes and issues.

3 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary3 LG activities Unified Business agreements and contract (UBAC) Recommendation 35 Single Window Framework Review of current recommendations Strengthening ties with UNCITRAL http://www.uncefactforum.org/LG/LG.htm

4 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary4 LG activities in 2006/7 Meetings in Dehli and Dublin Additional meetings in Vienna (UNCITRAL) and Helsinki (SWF) Monthly conference calls

5 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary5 UBAC Cooperation with TMG / Business Proces Working Group Reached phase 2 of the ODP

6 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary6 Rec. 35 Met with several SW operators to discuss legal issues Finalized draft text of the recommendation

7 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary7 UNCITRAL Vital to work of legal group Enlist help of UNCITRAL experts Participated in UNCITRAL expert group on e-signatures Will present the LG work (SWF) on UNCITRAL congress

8 14 May 200713th UN/CEFACT Plenary8 Cause for concern? Core Group (FIN(?), US, NL) Limited secretarial support Limited participation from LG members Work of the LG can be speeded up with proper support and commitment!


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