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Limitation periods for compensation claims of cross-border road traffic accidents in the European Union


Policy field(s) 

Civil Justice

Who can reply to this consultation?

All citizens, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation

Period of consultation

From 19 July to 19 November 2012

Purpose of the consultation

This consultation seeks opinions on possible measures that could address difficulties that victims of road traffic accidents, which happened in other Member State's than in that of their domicile, may face in obtaining compensation due to differences in limitation periods for the damages claims between Member States. Moreover also the assessment of a scale of a problem is sought.
This action is a part of the multidimensional policy of the EU towards victims that the Commission is developing following the lines of the Communication of the Commission "Strengthening victims' rights in the EUpdf Choose translations of the previous link ", adopted on 18 May 2011.

How to submit your contribution

Replies can be submitted electronically to the address indicated below. It is not necessary to answer all questions. All contributions will be published on the website of the European Commission, provided that respondents clearly identify themselves. Please read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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Questionnaire msw8(43 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Reference documents and other related consultations

The issue of the limitation periods for claims arising from road traffic accidents was earlier addressed also in a public consultation by the Commission in 2009.

Contact details

Responsible service:  DG Justice, Unit A1 – Civil Justice Policy
Postal address:  European Commission, Directorate-general Justice
Unit A 1 Civil Justice Policy - Secretariat
Rue Montoyer 59, 2/74   1049 BRUSSELS, Belgium

Data Protection Disclaimer

Incoming contributions will be published on the Commission website. It is possible to request that submissions remain confidential. In this case, contributors should expressly state in their submission that they oppose publication.
For further information on privacy rulings for this public consultation see the following Specific Privacy Statementpdf(97 kB) Choose translations of the previous link .

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Public authorities



Summary of results of the consultation

The difficulties faced by victims of cross-border road traffic accidents with respect to the time-limits for claiming compensation were confirmed by some respondents. Among the options put forward for consultation, the one which received almost unanimous support was that of improving the general information on prescription and limitation periods, with varying degrees of support for the options of improving information to visiting victims in concrete cases. The feedback on the appropriateness of harmonising prescription/limitation periods for road traffic accidents across the EU was not conclusive; several replies questioned however the necessity of having special rules for prescription/limitation periods for road traffic accidents only.