The Justice and Consumers Department of the the EU Commission has launched a public consultation to collect stakeholders’ views in relation to the practical operation of the current legal framework of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, with particular focus on the service of documents and taking of evidence. The consultation should help identify possible problems in connection with the operation of the cooperation mechanisms set by the two Regulations and of their relevance in terms of the establishment of a European area of justice. The consultation will also collect views on possible solutions to the problems identified.
Consequently, this public consultation will ultimately inform the evaluation and impact assessment prepared by the Commission, which will be used to assess whether or not to make proposals revising the existing framework of cross-border judicial assistance in civil and commercial matters. Any proposal revising the two Regulations would need to be discussed and adopted by the European Parliament and Council.
The Justice and Consumers Department welcomes responses from all individuals and organisations with views on the judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, including legal professionals, international or inter-governmental organisations, public authorities, representative associations at EU and national level, researchers, consultancies, NGO’s, citizens and businesses.
Received contributions will be published on the Internet. The results of the public consultation will be taken into consideration in the context of the revision by the Commission of Regulation (EC) 1393/2007 on service of documents and of Regulation (EC) 1206/2001 on taking of evidence, including the preparation of eventual proposals of the Commission to be submitted to the European Parliament and Council.
All those interested in sending their contributions shall fill in (not later than 2 March 2018) the online consultation questionnaire available at the link “Respond to the consultation“.