On June 15th 2016 the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee held a workshop on common minimum standards in civil procedure in the EU. The meeting was yet another contribution to shaping the future of harmonisation of civil procedures at the EU level. Both the Commission and the Parliament are currently looking at the possibility of establishing a legislative measure containing a set of minimum standards in civil procedure, perhaps following the example of such standards having recently been drafted for criminal procedure. Before any concrete measure is proposed, questions of scope of the constitutional power of the EU to legislate in this area, the scope of the measure, and its potential effects must be addressed.
The June meeting was attended by MEPs, European Commission’s official, the ELI (European Law Institute), the ENCJ (European Network of Councils for the Judiciary), the HCCH (The Hague Conference on Private International Law), and scholars (including Professor Burkhard Hess and Professor Neil Andrews). It also included presentation (by Dr Magdalena Tulibacka) of the findings of a Report on the European Added Value of common minimum standards in civil procedure conducted for the Research Service of the European Parliament and the JURI Committee. The Report was written by Dr Tulibacka, with Roland Blomeyer and Margarita Sanz of Blomeyer & Sanz.
The Report will form part of the (forthcoming) European Parliament’s legislative initiative report (2015/2084 (INL)) by the MEP Emil Radev (EPP, Bulgaria).