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Judgements in civil and commercial matters


Period of consultation

  • Opening date: 24 October 2006
  • Closing date: 31 March 2007

Objective of the consultation

On 24 October 2006 the Commission adopted a Green Paper improving the efficiency of the enforcement of judgements in the European Union: the attachment of bank accounts.

The problems of cross-border debt recovery risk constituting an obstacle to the free circulation of payment orders within the EU and an impediment for the proper functioning of the Internal Market.

Late payment and non-payment jeopardises the interests of businesses and consumers alike. The differences in the efficiency of debt-recovery within the EU also risk distorting competition. EU action on this subject therefore needs to be considered.

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Contact details

  • E-mail:
  • Postal address: European Commission
    Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security
    Unit C1 - Civil Justice
    Office LX46
    B-1049 Brussels
    Fax: +32-2/299 64 57

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