permits the free circulation of European orders for payment throughout European
Union (EU) countries by laying down minimum standards, compliance with which
renders unnecessary any intermediate proceedings in the EU country of
enforcement prior to recognition and enforcement.
establishes a procedure for European orders for payment. The procedure
simplifies, speeds up and reduces the costs of litigation in cross-border cases
concerning uncontested pecuniary claims in civil and commercial matters. The
European order for payment is recognised and enforced in all European Union
(EU) countries except Denmark without the need for a declaration of enforcement.
abolishes the exequatur, i.e. a European order
for payment is recognised and enforced in the other EU countries without the
need for a declaration of enforcement and without any possibility of
opposing its recognition. Enforcement procedures are governed by the national
law of the EU country in which the enforcement of the European order for payment
A European Order
for Payment is served on a defendant in accordance with the national law of the
state in which service is to be accomplished.