IC2BE final conference: save the date

21 and 22 November 2019, Antwerp

The final conference for the EU-funded IC2BE project will take place in Antwerp on 21 and 22 November 2019.

This project is the follow-up of the EUPILLAR project, which was concluded in 2016.

IC2BE has investigated in eight Member States the application of the European Private International Law Instruments of the second generation, i.e. the unified procedures for cross-border enforcement. The discussed regulations include the European Enforcement Order (805/2004), European Payment Order (1896/2006), the European Small Claims Procedure (861/2007) and Account Preservation Order (655/2014).

The research has been coordinated by the University of Freiburg and carried out by a consortium consisting of the Max-Planck-Institute Luxembourg and the Universities of Antwerp, Madrid (Complutense), Milan, Rotterdam and Wroclaw. The investigated Member States are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain. The case law of the Court of Justice of the EU is also analysed.

The research method combined setting up a database of case law and interviews with lawyers, judges, businesses and consumer organisations. 

The conference will discuss the specific problems that these procedures raise and look into the perspectives for a more coherent European system of cross-border enforcement. Speakers will include the project researchers, distinguished academics, policy makers and stakeholders such as judges, lawyers, businesses and consumer organisations. Confirmed speakers include Paul Beaumont, Gilles Cuniberti, Burkhard Hess, Xandra Kramer and Jan von Hein.


Draft programme

Thursday 21 November

12.30-13.45 Registration and light lunch

13.45 Welcome (Johan Meeusen, University of Antwerp)


Section 1: Survey and Evaluation (Chair Stefania Bariatti, University of Milan)

14.00-14.30 IC2BE: Research Methodology, Key Findings and Best Practices (Jan von Hein, University of Freiburg)

14.30-15.00 CJEU case law on Cross-Border Enforcement (Veerle Van Den Eeckhout, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)

15.00-15.30 Discussion

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.30 Country reports Belgium (Fieke van Overbeeke, University of Antwerp), The Netherlands (Alina Ontanu, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Poland (Agnieszka Guzewicz and Agnieszka Lewestam-Rodziewicz, University of Wrocław), Spain (Samia Benaissa Pedriza, University of Complutense, Madrid)

17.30-18.00 Discussion


#Conference Dinner#


Friday 22 November

Section 1 (continued) (Chair Agnieszka Frackowiak-Adamska, University of Wrocław)

9.00-10.00 Country Reports Germany (Tilman Imm, University of Freiburg), France and Luxembourg (Carlos Santaló Goris, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg), Italy (Valeria Giugliano and Gabriele Molinaro, University of Milan)

10.00-10.15 Discussion

10.15-10.45 Coffee Break


Section 2: Perspectives (Chair Francesca Villata, University of Milan)

10.45-11.15 Towards a more coherent EU framework for cross-border enforcement (Burkhard Hess, Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg)

11.15-11.35 Making cross-border enforcement more effective for creditors (Gilles Cuniberti, University of Luxembourg)

11.35-11.55 Ensuring an adequate protection of debtors, in particular consumers, in cross-border enforcement (tbc)

11.55-12.15 Third-state relations and cross-border enforcement after "Brexit" (Paul Beaumont, University of Stirling)

12.15-12-30 Comment by CJEU judge Camelia Toader

12.30-13.00  Discussion

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.20 Technological progress and alternatives to the cross-border enforcement of small claims (Giesela Rühl, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena)

14.20-14.40 Improving access to information about cross-border enforcement (Xandra Kramer, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

14.40-15.00 Discussion


Section 3: Stakeholders' views (Chair Carmen Otero, Complutense University, Madrid)

15.00-16.00 Stakeholder panel discussion

Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe

Ilse Couwenberg of the Belgian Court of Cassation,

Dr. Bartosz Sujecki, lawyer, Amsterdam

Dr. Katarzyna Guzenda, German-Polish Center for Consumer Information, Brandenburg (Germany)

Patrick Gielen, huissier (Belgium)

16.00-16.15 Break


Section 4: Policy (Chair Marta Requejo, Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg)

16.30-17.30 Policy makers

Andreas Stein, European Commission, DG Justice, Head of Unit

European Parliament, Legal Affairs Committee (tbc)

Belgian or other Ministry of Justice (tbc)

17.30-18.00 Discussion and closing remarks (Chair Thalia Kruger, University of Antwerp)