- EU legislation in progress: Reform of the European Small Claims Procedure
- PE 565.871
- Number of pages
- European Parliamentary Research Service
- Document type
- Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL)
On 23 June 2015, the European Parliament and the Council agreed on a compromise regarding the reform of the European Small Claims Procedure (ESCP). The compromise, which still requires to be formally adopted by the two co-legislators in the coming months, provides that the ceiling for claims will be raised from the current €2 000 to €5 000. In five years' time the Commission will be asked to look into the possibility of raising the ceiling even further. The court fees charged to claimants will have to be proportional to the value of the claim, but there will be no fixed cap on fees. Member States will have to accept electronic payments of court fees. The Commission's proposal to expand the scope of the ESCP to domestic cases with some cross-border implications was not taken on board. Although for the time being employment cases will not be subject to the ESCP, the Commission will be asked to look into the matter again in five years' time. The use of remote communications technology, like videoconferencing, will be increased and encouraged, although the Member States will not be under a legal duty to install such equipment.
- July 2015
If you believe that digital publication of certain material infringes any of your rights or (privacy) interests, please let the Library know, stating your reasons. In case of a legitimate complaint, the Library will make the material inaccessible and/or remove it from the website. Please Ask the Library, or send a letter to: Library of the University of Amsterdam, Secretariat, Singel 425, 1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands. You will be contacted as soon as possible.