New guide details requirements for long-term archiving in Europe

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europeA recently published reference guide informs readers about the legal aspects of document management in several important European countries. Ideal for internationally operating companies, the guide provides an overview of critical legal guidelines in a compact, multi-language format. DocuWare Co-President Juergen Biffar helped initiate the publication.

What kinds of retention schedules are necessary in France? Are companies in the UK obliged to archive their e-mail? What kinds of sanctions are applied in Spain if business documents are not stored according to regulation? These questions and more are answered in the new reference guide entitled "Legal Requirements for Document Management in Europe".

In a clean, well-organized format, the legal aspects pertaining to electronic, long-term archiving of documents are spelled out for the following countries: Germany, France, UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. The legal guidelines are explained in an easily comprehensive manner and printed in both a language spoken in the country as well as in English in a separate column. This way readers from all seven countries, as well as companies who have European subsidiaries, can get a quick overview of the different European laws and make sure they are operating in a legally sound way in these countries. The guide is directed at both system providers as well as users.

The guide was created through the "Taxes and Law", Competency Centre of the VOI (Association of Organization and Information Systems also know as Voice of Information) under the direction of certified accountant Stefan Gross (of the firm Peters, Schoenberger & Partner) along with Juergen Biffar, Co-President of DocuWare AG. The publication is free and available at and may also be ordered in paper-format for a nominal fee of 15 from VOI.

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