Euro Mediation

Alternative Dispute Resolution at the European Community Level

     

Extract from CONSOLIDATED VERSION

OF THE TREATY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY

TITLE IV

VISAS, ASYLUM, IMMIGRATION AND OTHER POLICIES RELATED TO FREE MOVEMENT OF PERSONS

Article 61

In order to establish progressively an area of freedom, security and justice, the Council shall adopt:

(c)        measures in the field of judicial cooperation in civil matters as provided for in Article 65.

Article 65

Measures in the field of judicial cooperation in civil matters having cross-border implications, to be taken in accordance with Article 67 and in so far as necessary for the proper functioning of the internal market, shall include:

(a)        improving and simplifying:

-           the system for cross-border service of judicial and extrajudicial documents,

-           cooperation in the taking of evidence,

-           the recognition and enforcement of decisions in civil and commercial cases, including decisions in extrajudicial cases;

(b)        promoting the compatibility of the rules applicable in the Member States concerning the conflict of laws and of jurisdiction;

(c)        eliminating obstacles to the good functioning of civil proceedings, if necessary by promoting the compatibility of the rules on civil procedure applicable in the Member States.