About civil justice cooperation

Civil justice cooperation refers to helping people and business resolve administrative or legal obstacles when exercising their rights to free movement in the EU. It covers both civil and commercial matters. Most of the time, this is about monetary claims between private parties and/or companies.

Often, civil justice cooperation is about family law monetary claims, but also divorce decisions and decisions on child custody. Judicial cooperation in the EU supports the free movement of persons.

People should be able to approach courts and authorities in any EU country as easily as in their own. Closer cooperation between EU countries' authorities should help to overcome the complexity of 28 different systems. This cooperation between EU countries is built on the principle of mutual recognition between EU countries based on mutual trust.