Strengthening co-operation in civil and commercial matters with Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland
European Commission - IP/07/1630 30/10/2007
Brussels, 30 October 2007
On 30 October 2007, the new Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters between the EC and certain EFTA Member States, in particular Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland will be signed.
On 30 October, a new Convention on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters with Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland will be signed in Lugano (Switzerland), in the name of the European Community. This new Convention will replace the 1988 Lugano Convention on the same subject matter.
Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Justice, Freedom and Security, stated "This new convention shows the mutual trust we have in each other's judicial systems and allows for more flexible provisions between Members States and Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland, aligned with current EC practice. This will smooth procedures in civil and commercial matters, enhance legal security and consequently facilitate the life of citizens involved in those proceedings".
This new agreement aims to align the Convention provisions with the present
European Community legal framework (i.e., the "Brussels Regulation"
). As a result of it, the
rules for determining jurisdiction of the courts will now be similar in the EU
and the EFTA States concerned. Moreover, the judgments delivered by EU national
courts and those of EFTA Member States will be more easily recognised and
enforced. confirming the mutual trust which the EC and its EFTA neighbours have
in each other’s judicial systems.
confirming that these matters come under exclusive Community competence, the
Convention is now signed by the Community and will become part of Community law.
As Vice-President Frattini pointed out: "This is a landmark step in the
development of Community external competence".
 Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters