|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Justice and Consumers|
|Series Details||COM (2018) 379|
Legislative initiative put forward by the European Commission on 31 May 2020 setting out a number of amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1393/2007, which establishes fast-track channels and uniform procedures for transmitting documents from one Member State to another, for purposes of service in the latter.
Regulation (EC) 1393/2007 aims to put in place a fast, secure and standardised transmission procedure for judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters between parties located in different European Union (EU) countries. The Regulation includes certain minimum standards on the protection of the rights of defence, and sets uniform legal conditions for serving a document by post directly across borders.
The European Commission conducted a REFIT evaluation on the Regulation in 2017 to assess its practical operation. The findings of that report were used as a basis for the problem definition in the impact assessment accompanying this proposal for amendments. Primarily, the report highlights that modern channels of communication (relying on technology) are in practice not used. This proposal also makes a contribution with an aim to improve the efficiency of the existing methods. It complements the list of alternative methods of cross-border transmission and service of documents by the method of electronic service.
The proposal was tabled by the European Commission on 31 May 2018 as part of a package for the modernisation of judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters. The plenary of the European Parliament adopted the its position on 13 February 2019, which was carried forward in January 2020. Following a number of discussions, the Council of the European Union eventually adopted its general approach on 7 February 2020. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this draft law was reached on 30 June. The Council endorsed it on 22 July.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Police | Judicial Cooperation|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|