The European small claims procedure has been established by Regulation (EC) No 861/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007. It is applicable since 1 January 2009 across the European Union except Denmark.

The European small claims procedure aims to improve access to justice by simplifying procedures for resolving cross-border conflicts in civil and commercial matters, provided that their amount does not exceed € 5,000 (since 14 July 2017).

If you have a dispute with a professional established in another Member State, you can fill out a standard form. and sent it to the competent court.

In principle the entire procedure is written and you do not need a lawyer. The decision taken in the framework of the European small claims procedure is recognized and enforced in the Member Stateswithout a declaration of enforceability.

The ECC-Net has published in 2012 a report about the European Small Claims Procedure.

Please contact us if you have questions about this procedure. Since January 2017, ECC Luxembourg is the contact point for consumers and professionals in relation of the Small claims Regulation.