The announcement and time table of the Stockholm Patent Information Conference reveals:
2008 will be a year of major enhancements to the esp@cenet service, with the introduction of full-text searching and a single "Google style" search box. This lecture will give a detailed introduction to these news features.
You may ask why it took that long for the European Patent Office. If the patents were just put online as text files it would be an easy task for Google to automatically index it. Then you could perform a simple Google site:xyz.org search. Or Live.com or what other search engine may be of your choice. And with Google Patent search Google already provides a dedicated search for US patents.