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Molte piccole e medie imprese (PMI) sono riluttanti a operare al di fuori dei confini del proprio paese, in quanto temono di incorrere in procedure onerose quando si tratta di rivendicare i pagamenti per i loro prodotti e servizi. A causa delle spese per consulenti, legali, traduzioni di documenti ecc., spesso le PMI trovano scoraggiante, complicato o costoso perseguire un'azione legale contro le aziende o i soggetti di altri Stati membri.
The European Commission has kicked off a campaign to inform SMEs how to take advantage of existing laws and tools in order to more easily and successfully pursue debtors in other countries.
‘These difficulties are especially damaging in the current economic crisis, when going abroad to do business is no longer merely an option, but in many cases a necessity to become more competitive,’ European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani said. ‘Facilitating the recovery of cross-border debts is key to addressing this issue at a time when Europe’s SMEs face particular obstacles to tapping cross-border markets.’
The EU already has a system of laws which are designed to help businesses with cross-border litigation, including legislation governing contractual obligations (the principle of free choice of law abides) and competent jurisdiction (generally the courts of that Member State in which the defendant is domiciled), as well as procedural tools for simplifying cross-border debt recovery. However, utilising the processes available is often daunting, and the Commission’s campaign will help SMEs tap into the legal resources at their disposal.
The European Commission is also organising a series of national events to provide SMEs that operate across borders with information on credit and claims management. The events will be held in all 27 EU Member States plus Croatia from March 2013 to June 2014.
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