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EJN's publications



To strengthen the efficient application of Union instruments, the Network has also produced a wide range of citizens' and practitioners' guides. In these guides available in Union languages you will find useful information which can be downloaded at the EJN-civil section of the European e-Justice Portal or at the EU Bookshop (for those published as of 2014).

Key documents

Link opens in new windowCouncil Decision of 28 May 2001 establishing a European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (2001/470/EC) (consolidated version)

Link opens in new windowCommission report of 10 March 2016 on the activities of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (COM(2016) 129 final)

Link opens in new window2014 Study: Evaluation of the activities of the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters

Link opens in new windowCouncil conclusions on the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters

Keynote speech of 1 February 2017 by Ms Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality: Building a stronger European Judicial NetworkPDF(214 Kb)en

EJN's publications

Citizens Guides

Practitioners Guides

Citizens' guide to cross-border civil litigation in the European UnionPDF(719 Kb)en

• Judicial cooperation in civil matters in the European UnionPDF(3560 Kb)en

A Guide for Users to the European Small Claims ProcedurePDF(845 Kb)en

Practice Guide for the application of the new Brussels II Regulation (2004)PDF(1588 Kb)en


Practice Guide for the application of the Brussels IIa Regulation (2014)PDF(2985 Kb)en


Practice Guide for the Application of the European Small Claims ProcedurePDF(1055 Kb)en


Practice Guide for the application of the Regulation on the European Order for PaymentPDF(5809 Kb)en


• Practical guide on using videoconferencing to obtain evidence in civil and commercial mattersPDF(724 Kb)en


Practice guide for the application of the Regulation on the European Enforcement OrderPDF(1310 Kb)en


• Practice guide for the application of the Regulation on the Taking of EvidencePDF(74 Kb)en


Link opens in new windowPractice Guide - Jurisdiction and applicable law in international disputes between the employee and the employer

Other publications relevant in the area of civil judicial cooperation

2013 Compendium of European Union Legislation on Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial MattersPDF(8121 Kb)en

Link opens in new windowEuropean Council e-book on Civil Law – European Judicial Cooperation

Guide to Good Practice under the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction - MediationPDF(771 Kb)en

Challenges in adoption procedures in Europe: Ensuring the best interests of the childPDF(4876 Kb)en

Link opens in new windowPractical Handbook for Caseworkers under the 2007 Child Support Convention

Link opens in new windowExplanatory Report on the Hague Protocol of 23 November 2007 on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations

Promotional material

EJN posterPDF(162 Kb)en (available for dissemination)

Leaflet – Need help in a cross-border case?PDF(740 Kb)en


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Last update: 15/02/2017