Limitation periods for compensation claims of cross-border road traffic accidents in the European Union
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 EU ", adopted on 18 May 2011.
How to submit your contribution
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- Permanent Representation of France to the European Union
- Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Government of Hungary
- Ministry of Justice, Integration and Europe - Hessen
- Ministry of Finance - Lithuania
- Ministry of Justice - Lithuania
- Ministry of Justice - Finland
- Ministry of Justice - Poland
- Ministry of Justice - Sweden
- Ministry of Justice - United Kingdom
- ACA Luxembourg
- Allianz UK
- Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE)
- Associação Portuguesa de Seguradores
- Association of British Insurers
- Bank of Greece
- Deutsche Anwaltverein
- European Federation of Road Traffic Victims
- European Transport Safety Council
- Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
- Forum of Insurance Lawyers
- German Insurance Association (GDV)
- Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies
- Instituto de Seguros de Portugal
- Insurance Europe
- Motor Insurers Bureau - Greece
- Ordem dos Advogados de Portugal
- The Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)
- Polish Insurance Ombudsman
- The Association for Improving Safety of Road Traffic "Road and Safety" - Poland
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.