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GENERAL DATA
Type of Agreement
Multilateral
Official Title
Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters
Usual Title
new Lugano Convention
Place of Signature
Lugano
Date of Signature
30/10/2007
Date of Entry Into Force
01/01/2010
Duration
Indefinite
Objective of Agreement
The objective of the Convention is to unify the rules on jurisdiction in civil and commercial matters and expand the applicability of the Brussels I regulation (Council Regulation 44/2001, containing a set of rules that create a unified system in this regard) to the relations between Member States of the EC on the one hand and Norway, Iceland and Switzerland on the other.
Remarks
After its entry into force the "new Lugano Convention" will apply to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. It will not apply to tax, customs and administrative matters or to the status and legal capacity of natural persons, rights in property arising out of matrimonial relationships, wills and succession, bankruptcy or composition, social security or arbitration.

The Convention, signed on 30 October 2007 by the European Community, along with Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, will come into force as soon as it is ratified by the signatories, replacing the Lugano Convention of 16 September 1988. The contracting parties must deposit their instruments of ratification with the Swiss Federal Council, which will serve as depositary of the Convention. Once it has come into force, the convention will be open to:

• future members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA);
• Member States of the European Community acting on behalf of certain non-European territories that are part of their territory or for whose external relations they are responsible;
• any other State, subject to the unanimous agreement of all the contracting parties.

The Convention follows the present legal framework of the Community, namely the " Brussels I " Regulation on jurisdiction and on recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters between the Member States. The rules will therefore be similar in the EU and in Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. The Convention will also facilitate the mutual recognition and enforcement of judgments handed down by the national courts of the EU Member States and those of the countries named above.

As Denmark has opted out from the Brussels I regulation, the said regulation did not apply on its territory until recently. That is why Denmark is separately mentioned in the summary as a contracting party.
OJ Number
L339
OJ Date
21/12/2007
OJ Page
3
Parties to the Agreement
European Community
Norway
Denmark
Iceland
Switzerland
Authentic Texts
Estonian
Slovenian
Swedish
French
Slovakian
Portuguese
Maltese
Hungarian
English
Latvian
Romanian
Icelandic
Danish
Norwegian
German
Irish
Finnish
Spanish
Polish
Czech
Bulgarian
Italian
Greek
Dutch
Lithuanian
Subject Matters
767-Justice, freedom and security
Clause(s)
Management
Standing Committee (article 4 of Protocol 2 to the Convention)