Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters:
Extracts from the press conference by Viviane REDING and Tadeusz ZWIEFKA (EPP, PL), rapporteur
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 20/11/2012 First transmission: 20/11/2012
The reform of the 'Brussels I Regulation' is a breakthrough in an almost two-year negotiation on a new set of rules governing the jurisdiction of courts in civil and commercial matters. On Tuesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of abolishing the time-consuming and costly procedures, starting with the exequatur, for the recognition and enforcement of judgments in cross-border litigations.
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||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (In English) saying that: We actually took a decision that a decision of a court taken in one member state will be automatically recognized by the courts and administrations in another member state. That sounds simple but that needed 20 years from the idea to the implementation so it is a great moment for this space of justice which we try to build and which is going to the very important phase of implementation.
||SOUNDBITE by Viviane Reding (In English) saying that: Today, most of all the SME's do not dare to go cross-border to enhance their markets because it is so complicated, that if something is going wrong top have the cross-border recognition of what a court in a neighbouring state has said is costly and complicated and 40% of these businesses had have told us that they would be more inclined to trade outside their own market if the procedures for settling court were simplified. 'Justice for growth, do it' they asked from us... Well we did it.
||SOUNDBITE by Tadeusz Zwiefka (EPP, PL), rapporteur (In Polish) saying that: The abolishment of the exequatur procedure as Mrs Commissioner mentioned was extremely necessary because basically speaking, everybody suffered because of something which applied only to 5% of the parties. That is why we needed to simplify the procedure; let me draw your attention to one more element which is of key importance: It was a very brave proposal by the European Commission and I would like to thank you very much for it.
||SOUNDBITE by Tadeusz Zwiefka (In Polish) saying that: The compromise we have reached is a very necessary and wise compromise that will be a great test for further changes in Brussels 1. we came to the conclusion that the citizens who are employed as well as consumers who conclude a sales contract with countries from third countries will be able to sue those companies and their employers in front of the EU member state Court. It is an extremely important amendment which makes the access to court broader and easier.
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