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III   Preparatory Acts

 

Council

2007/C 193E/01

Common Position (EC) No 9/2007 of 21 May 2007 adopted by the Council, acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93

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2007/C 193E/02

Common Position (EC) No 10/2007 of 28 June 2007 adopted by the Council, acting in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty establishing the European Community, with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (Service of documents) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000

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III Preparatory Acts

Council

21.8.2007   

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Official Journal of the European Union

CE 193/1


COMMON POSITION (EC) No 9/2007

adopted by the Council on 21 May 2007

with a view to adopting Regulation (EC) No …/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of … establishing a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93

(2007/C 193 E/01)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 285(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (1),

Whereas:

(1)

Council Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93 of 22 July 1993 (2) established a common framework for setting up business registers for statistical purposes with harmonised definitions, characteristics, scope and updating procedures. In order to maintain the development of business registers in a harmonised framework, a new regulation should be adopted.

(2)

Council Regulation (EEC) No 696/93 of 15 March 1993 on the statistical units for the observation and analysis of the production system in the Community (3) contains the definitions of the statistical unit to be used. The internal market requires improved statistical comparability to meet Community requirements. In order to achieve that improvement, common definitions and descriptions should be adopted for enterprises and other relevant statistical units to be covered.

(3)

Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 58/97 of 20 December 1996 concerning structural business statistics (4) and Council Regulation (EC) No 1165/98 of 19 May 1998 concerning short-terms statistics (5) established a common framework for the collection, compilation, transmission and evaluation of Community statistics on the structure, activity, competitiveness and performance of businesses in the Community. Business registers for statistical purposes represent a basic element of such a common framework, making it possible to organise and coordinate statistical surveys by providing a harmonised sampling frame.

(4)

Business registers are one method by which to reconcile the conflicting requirements for collating increased information on enterprises on the one hand and lightening their administrative burden on the other, in particular by using existing information in administrative and legal files, especially in the case of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, as defined in Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 (6).

(5)

Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 of 17 February 1997 on Community Statistics (7) set the framework for establishing a Community statistical programme and established a common framework for statistical confidentiality.

(6)

The specific rules for processing data within the framework of the Community statistical programme do not affect Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (8).

(7)

Business registers for statistical purposes are the main source for business demography, as they keep track of business creations and closures as well as the structural changes in the economy by concentration or de-concentration, brought about by operations such as mergers, takeovers, break ups, split offs and restructuring.

(8)

Business registers provide the basic information that is required to meet a strong policy interest in rural development, not only as regards agriculture but also as regards its increasing combination with other activities not covered by product-based agricultural statistics.

(9)

Public enterprises play an important role in the national economies of the Member States. Commission Directive 80/723/EEC of 25 June 1980 on the transparency of financial relations between Member States and public undertakings (9) covers particular categories of public undertaking. Public enterprises and public corporations should therefore be identified in business registers and this can be done by the institutional sector classification.

(10)

Information on links of control between legal units is needed in order to define enterprise groups, delineate the enterprises correctly, profile large and complex units and study the level of concentration on particular markets. Enterprise group information improves the quality of the business registers and can be used to reduce the risk of disclosure of confidential data. Certain financial data are often more meaningful at the level of the group or subgroup than at that of the individual enterprise; indeed, they may be available only at the level of the group or subgroup. Recording enterprise group data makes possible, when necessary, surveys of the group rather than of the group's enterprises, and this may reduce the response burden significantly. In order to register enterprise groups, business registers should be further harmonised.

(11)

Increasing economic globalisation challenges the current production of several statistics. By recording data from multinational enterprise groups, business registers form a basic tool for the improvement of many statistics related to globalisation: international trade in goods and services, balance of payments, foreign direct investment, foreign affiliates, research, development and innovation, and the international labour market. The majority of these statistics cover the whole economy and thus require that business registers cover all sectors of the economy.

(12)

Pursuant to Article 3(2) of Council Regulation (Euratom, EEC) No 1588/90 of 11 June 1990 on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities (10), national rules on statistical confidentiality may not be invoked to prevent the transmission of confidential statistical data to the Community authority (Eurostat) where an act of Community law provides for the transmission of such data.

(13)

In order to guarantee the fulfilment of the obligations laid down in this Regulation, Member States' institutions responsible for the collection of the data may need access to administrative data sources such as registers held by tax and social security authorities, central banks, other public institutions, and other data bases containing information on cross-border transactions and positions, wherever such data are necessary for the production of Community statistics.

(14)

Regulation (EC) No 184/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 January 2005 on Community statistics concerning balance of payments, international trade in services and foreign direct investment (11) established a common framework for the compilation, transmission and evaluation of relevant Community statistics.

(15)

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (12).

(16)

In particular, power should be conferred on the Commission to update the list of register characteristics in the Annex, their definitions and their continuity rules, to decide on the coverage of the smallest enterprises and all-resident enterprise groups, to adopt the rules for updating registers, as well as to establish common quality standards and the content and periodicity of the quality reports. Since these measures are of general scope and are designed to amend non-essential elements or supplement this Regulation by the addition of new non-essential elements, they should be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Council Decision 1999/468/EC.

(17)

Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93 should therefore be repealed.

(18)

The Statistical Programme Committee established by Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom (13) has been consulted,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Purpose

This Regulation establishes a common framework for business registers for statistical purposes in the Community.

Member States shall set up one or more harmonised registers for statistical purposes, as a tool for the preparation and coordination of surveys, as a source of information for the statistical analysis of the business population and its demography, for the use of administrative data, and for the identification and construction of statistical units.

Article 2

Definitions

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions apply:

(a)

‘Legal unit’, ‘enterprise’, ‘local unit’ and ‘enterprise group’ shall be as defined in the Annex to Regulation (EEC) No 696/93;

(b)

‘National authorities’ shall be as defined in Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 322/97;

(c)

‘Statistical purposes’ shall be as described in Article 2(4) of Regulation (EEC) No 1588/90;

(d)

‘Multinational enterprise group’ shall mean an enterprise group which has at least two enterprises or legal units located in different countries;

(e)

‘Truncated enterprise group’ shall mean the enterprises and the legal units of a multinational enterprise group, which are resident in the same country. It may comprise only one unit, if the other units are non-resident. An enterprise may be the truncated enterprise group or part thereof.

Article 3

Scope

1.   In accordance with the definitions given in Article 2 and subject to the limitations specified in this Article, registers shall be compiled of:

(a)

all enterprises carrying on economic activities contributing to the gross domestic product (GDP), and their local units;

(b)

the legal units of which those enterprises consist;

(c)

truncated enterprise groups and multinational enterprise groups; and

(d)

all-resident enterprise groups.

2.   The requirement in paragraph 1 shall not, however, apply to households insofar as the goods and services they produce are for their own consumption, or involve the letting of own property.

3.   Local units not constituting separate legal entities (branches), which are dependent on foreign enterprises, and classified as quasi-corporations in accordance with the European System of Accounts 1995 set up by Council Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 of 25 June 1996 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the Community (14) and the United Nation's 1993 System of National Accounts, shall be deemed to be enterprises for the purposes of the business registers.

4.   Enterprise groups can be identified through the links of control between their legal units. In order to delineate enterprise groups, the definition of control set out in point 2.26 of Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 2223/96 shall be used.

5.   This Regulation shall apply only to units which, wholly or partially, exercise an economic activity. Any activity comprising the offer of goods and services on a given market shall be regarded as an economic activity. In addition, non-market services contributing to the GDP, as well as direct and indirect holdings of active legal units shall be regarded as economic activities for the purposes of business registers. Economically inactive legal units are part of an enterprise only in combination with economically active legal units.

6.   The measures seeking to modify non-essential elements of this Regulation concerning the extent to which enterprises with less than half a person employed and all-resident enterprise groups of no statistical importance to the Member States are to be included in the registers, and the definition of units consistent with those for agricultural statistics, shall be decided in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 16(3).

Article 4

Data sources

1.   While complying with conditions as to quality referred to in Article 6, Member States may collect the information required under this Regulation using any sources that they consider relevant. National authorities shall be authorised, within their sphere of competence, to collect, for statistical purposes, information covered by this Regulation contained in administrative and legal files.

2.   Where the required data cannot be collected at a reasonable cost, national authorities may use statistical estimation procedures, while respecting the need for accuracy and quality.

Article 5

Register characteristics

1.   The units listed in the registers shall be characterised by an identity number and the descriptive details specified in the Annex.

2.   The measures seeking to modify non-essential elements of this Regulation by supplementing them concerning the updating of the list of characteristics and the definition of the characteristics and continuity rules shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 16(3).

Article 6

Quality standards and reports

1.   Member States shall take all measures necessary to ensure the quality of the business registers.

2.   Member States shall provide the Commission (Eurostat), on its request, with a report on the quality of the business registers (hereinafter referred to as quality reports).

3.   The measures relating to common quality standards, as well as the content and periodicity of the quality reports, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 16(3), and taking into account the cost of compiling the data.

4.   Member States shall inform the Commission (Eurostat) of major methodological or other changes that would influence the quality of the business registers as soon as they become known and not later than six months after any such change enters into force.

5.   The Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of this Regulation, addressing in particular the cost of the statistical system, the burden on business and the benefits.

Article 7

Recommendations manual

The Commission shall publish a business registers recommendations manual. The manual shall be updated in close cooperation with the Member States.

Article 8

Time reference and periodicity

1.   Entries onto and removals from the registers shall be updated at least annually.

2.   The frequency of updating shall depend on the kind of unit, the variable considered, the size of the unit and the source generally used for the update.

3.   The measures relating to the rules for updating shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 16(3).

4.   Member States shall make annually a copy that reflects the state of the registers at the end of the year and keep that copy for at least 30 years for the purpose of analysis.

Article 9

Transmission of reports

1.   Member States shall carry out statistical analyses of the registers and transmit the information to the Commission (Eurostat), following a format and a procedure defined by the Commission in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

2.   Member States shall transmit to the Commission (Eurostat), at its request, any relevant information with regard to the implementation of this Regulation in the Member States.

Article 10

Exchange of confidential data between Member States

The exchange of confidential data may take place, exclusively for statistical purposes, between the appropriate national authorities of different Member States, in accordance with national legislation, where the exchange is to ensure the quality of the multinational enterprise group information in the European Union. National central banks may be party to the exchange in accordance with national legislation.

Article 11

Exchange of confidential data between the Commission (Eurostat) and Member States

1.   National authorities shall transmit data on multinational enterprise groups and their constituent units, as defined in the Annex, to the Commission (Eurostat), to provide information, exclusively for statistical purposes, on multinational groups in the European Union.

2.   In order to ensure a consistent record of data, exclusively for statistical purposes, the Commission (Eurostat), shall transmit to the appropriate national authorities of each Member State, data on a multinational enterprise group, including its constituent units, when at least one legal unit of the group is located in the territory of that Member State.

3.   In order to ensure that the data transmitted under this Article is used exclusively for statistical purposes, the purpose, scope, format, security and confidentiality measures, and procedure for the transmission of data on individual units to the Commission (Eurostat) and for the transmission of data on the multinational enterprise groups to the appropriate national authorities shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 12

Exchange of confidential data between the Commission (Eurostat) and central banks

1.   For the purposes of this Regulation, the exchange of confidential data may take place, exclusively for statistical purposes, between the Commission (Eurostat) and national central banks, and between the Commission (Eurostat) and the European Central Bank, where the exchange is to ensure the quality of multinational enterprise group information in the European Union, and where the exchange is explicitly authorised by the appropriate national authority.

2.   In order to ensure that the data transmitted under this Article is used exclusively for statistical purposes, the purpose, scope, format, security and confidentiality measures, and procedure for the transmission of data on the multinational enterprise groups to the national central banks and the European Central Bank shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 16(2).

Article 13

Confidentiality and access to identifiable data

1.   When the Commission (Eurostat), national authorities, national central banks and the European Central Bank receive confidential data pursuant to Articles 10, 11 and 12, they shall treat that information confidentially in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 322/97.

2.   For the purposes of this Regulation, and notwithstanding Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 322/97, any transmission of confidential data between national authorities and the Commission (Eurostat) may take place to the extent that such transmission is necessary for the production of specific Community statistics. Any further transmission must be explicitly authorised by the national authority that collected the data.

Article 14

Transition period and derogations

When business registers require a major overhaul, the Commission may grant a derogation at the request of a Member State for a transitional period that shall not exceed … (15).

For agriculture, forestry and fishing, public administration and defence, and compulsory social security, and for the additional characteristics relating to enterprise groups, the Commission may grant a derogation at the request of a Member State for a transitional period that shall not exceed … (16).

Article 15

Implementing measures

1.   The following measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation, inter alia, by supplementing it, shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 16(3):

(a)

the coverage of the smallest enterprises and all-resident enterprise groups, as provided for in Article 3(6);

(b)

the updating of the list of registers characteristics in the Annex, their definitions and their continuity rules, as provided for in Article 5, taking into account the principle that the benefits of the updating must outweigh its cost and the principle that the additional resources involved either for Member States or for enterprises remain reasonable;

(c)

the establishment of common quality standards, as well as the content and periodicity of the quality reports as provided for in Article 6(3); and

(d)

the rules for updating registers, as provided for in Article 8(3).

2.   Measures, relating to the following shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure referred to in Article 16(2):

(a)

the transmission of information arising from the statistical analyses of registers, as provided for in Article 9;

(b)

the transmission of data on individual units for multinational enterprise groups between the Commission (Eurostat) and the Member States, as provided for in Article 11; and

(c)

the transmission of multinational enterprise group data between the Commission (Eurostat) and central banks, as provided for in Article 12.

Article 16

Committee

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by the Statistical Programme Committee.

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 and 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

The period laid down in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/EC shall be set at three months.

3.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5a(1) to (4) and Article 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

Article 17

Repeal

Regulation (EEC) No 2186/93 shall be repealed.

References to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as being made to this Regulation.

Article 18

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at,

For the European Parliament

The President

For the Council

The President


(1)  Opinion of the European Parliament of 1 June 2006 (not yet published in the Official Journal), Council common position of 21 May 2007 and Position of the European Parliament of … (not yet published in the Official Journal). Council Decision of … (not yet published in the Official Journal).

(2)  OJ L 196, 5.8.1993, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).

(3)  OJ L 76, 30.3.1993, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.

(4)  OJ L 14, 17.1.1997, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 393, 30.12.2006, p. 1).

(5)  OJ L 162, 5.6.1998, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1893/2006.

(6)  OJ L 124, 20.5.2003, p. 36.

(7)  OJ L 52, 22.2.1997, p. 1. Regulation as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.

(8)  OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31. Directive as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.

(9)  OJ L 195, 29.7.1980, p. 35. Directive as last amended by Directive 2005/81/EC (OJ L 312, 29.11.2005, p. 47).

(10)  OJ L 151, 15.6.1990, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003.

(11)  OJ L 35, 8.2.2005, p. 23. Regulation as amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No 602/2006 (OJ L 106, 19.4.2006, p. 10).

(12)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23. Decision as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (OJ L 200, 22.7.2006, p. 11).

(13)  OJ L 181, 28.6.1989, p. 47.

(14)  OJ L 310, 30.11.1996, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1267/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 180, 18.7.2003, p. 1).

(15)  Two years from the entry into force of this Regulation.

(16)  Five years from the entry into force of this Regulation.


ANNEX

The business registers shall contain the following information by unit. The information does not have to be separately stored for each unit, if it can be derived from (an)other unit(s).

Unmarked items are mandatory, items marked ‘conditional’ are mandatory if available in the Member State and items marked ‘optional’ are recommended.

1.   

Legal unit

Identification characteristics

1.1

 

Identity number

1.2a

 

Name

1.2b

 

Address (including postcode) at the most detailed level

1.2c

Optional

Telephone and fax numbers, electronic mail address, and information to permit electronic collection of data

1.3

 

Value Added Tax (VAT) registration number or, failing that, other administrative identity number

Demographic characteristics

1.4

 

Date of incorporation for legal persons or date of official recognition as an economic operator for natural persons

1.5

 

Date on which the legal unit ceased to be part of an enterprise (as identified in 3.3)

Economic/stratification characteristics

1.6

 

Legal form

Links with other registers

 

 

Reference to associated registers, in which the legal unit is recorded and which contain information that can be used for statistical purposes

1.7a

 

Reference to the register of intra-Community operators set up in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 (1), and Reference to customs files or to the register of extra-Community operators

1.7b

Optional

Reference to balance sheet data (for units required to publish accounts), and

Reference to the balance of payments register or foreign direct investment register, and

Reference to the farm register

Additional characteristics for legal units which are part of enterprises belonging to an enterprise group:

Link with enterprise group

1.8

 

Identity number of the all-resident/truncated enterprise group (4.1), to which the unit belongs

1.9

 

Date of association to the all-resident/truncated group

1.10

 

Date of separation from the all-resident/truncated group

Control of units

 

 

The resident control links can be recorded either top-down (1.11a) or bottom-up (1.11b). Only the first level of control, direct or indirect, is recorded for each unit (the whole chain of control can be obtained by combining these).

1.11a

 

Identity number(s) of resident legal unit(s), which are controlled by the legal unit

1.11b

 

Identity number of the resident legal unit, which controls the legal unit

1.12a

 

Country(ies) of registration, and identity number(s) or name(s) and address(es) of the non-resident legal unit(s), which are controlled by the legal unit

1.12b

Conditional

VAT number(s) of non-resident legal unit(s), which are controlled by the legal unit

1.13a

 

Country of registration, and identity number or name and address of the non-resident legal unit, which controls the legal unit

1.13b

Conditional

VAT number of the non-resident legal unit, which controls the legal unit

Ownership of units

 

Conditional

The resident ownership can be recorded either top-down (1.14a) or bottom-up (1.14b).

The recording of the information and the threshold used for the shareholding are subject to the availability of this information in the administrative sources. The recommended threshold is 10 % or more of direct ownership.

1.14a

Conditional

(a)

Identity number(s), and

(b)

shares (%)

of resident legal unit(s) owned by the legal unit

1.14b

Conditional

(a)

Identity number(s), and

(b)

shares (%)

of resident legal unit(s), which own(s) the legal unit

1.15

Conditional

(a)

Country(ies) of registration, and

(b)

identity number(s) or, name(s), address(es) and VAT number(s), and

(c)

shares (%)

of non-resident legal unit(s) owned by the legal unit

1.16

Conditional

(a)

Country(ies) of registration, and

(b)

identity number(s) or, name(s), address(es), and VAT number(s), and

(c)

shares (%)

of non-resident legal unit(s), which own(s) the legal unit

2.   

Local unit

Identification characteristics

2.1

 

Identity number

2.2a

 

Name

2.2b

 

Address (including postcode) at the most detailed level

2.2c

Optional

Telephone and fax numbers, electronic mail address, and information to permit electronic collection of data

2.3

 

Identity number of the enterprise (3.1), to which the local unit belongs

Demographic characteristics

2.4

 

Date of commencement of activities

2.5

 

Date of final cessation of activities

Economic/stratification characteristics

2.6

 

Principal activity code at NACE 4-digit level

2.7

Conditional

Secondary activities, if any, at NACE 4-digit level; this point concerns only local units which are the subject of surveys

2.8

Optional

Activity carried out in the local unit constituting an ancillary activity of the enterprise to which it belongs (Yes/No)

2.9

 

Number of persons employed

2.10a

 

Number of employees

2.10b

Optional

Number of employees in full-time equivalents

2.11

 

Geographical location code

Links with other registers

2.12

Conditional

Reference to associated registers, in which the local unit appears and which contain information which can be used for statistical purposes (if such associated registers exist)

3.   

Enterprise

Identification characteristics

3.1

 

Identity number

3.2a

 

Name

3.2b

Optional

Postal, electronic mail and web site addresses

3.3

 

Identity number(s) of the legal unit(s) of which the enterprise consist(s)

Demographic characteristics

3.4

 

Date of commencement of activities

3.5

 

Date of final cessation of activities

Economic/stratification characteristics

3.6

 

Principal activity code at NACE 4-digit level

3.7

Conditional

Secondary activities, if any, at NACE 4-digit level; this point concerns only enterprises which are the subject of surveys

3.8

 

Number of persons employed

3.9a

 

Number of employees

3.9b

Optional

Number of employees in full-time equivalents

3.10a

 

Turnover save as provided in 3.10b

3.10b

Optional

Turnover for agriculture, hunting and forestry, fishing, and public administration and defence, compulsory social security, private households with employed persons and extra-territorial organisations

3.11

 

Institutional sector and sub-sector according to European System of Accounts

Additional characteristics for enterprises belonging to an enterprise group:

Link with enterprise group

3.12

Identity number of the all-resident/truncated enterprise group (4.1), to which the enterprise belongs

4.   

Enterprise group

Identification characteristics

4.1

 

Identity number of the all-resident/truncated group

4.2a

 

Name of the all-resident/truncated group

4.2b

Optional

Postal, electronic mail and web site addresses of the resident/truncated head office

4.3

Part conditional

Identity number of the all-resident/truncated group head (equals the identity number of the legal unit, which is the resident group head).

Conditional If the controlling unit is a natural person, who is not an economic operator, recording is subject to the availability of this information in the administrative sources

4.4

 

Type of enterprise group:

1.

all-resident group;

2.

domestically controlled truncated group;

3.

foreign controlled truncated group

Demographic characteristics

4.5

 

Date of commencement of the all-resident/truncated enterprise group

4.6

 

Date of cessation of the all-resident/truncated enterprise group

Economic/stratification characteristics

4.7

 

Principal activity code of the all-resident/truncated group at NACE 2-digit level

4.8

Optional

Secondary activities of the all-resident/truncated group at NACE 2-digit level

4.9

 

Number of persons employed in the all-resident/truncated group

4.10

Optional

Consolidated turnover

Additional characteristics for multinational enterprise groups (types 2 and 3 in 4.4):

The recording of variables 4.11 and 4.12a is optional until the transmission of information on multinational groups, as provided for in Article 11, has been established.

Identification characteristics

4.11

 

Identity number of the global group

4.12a

 

Name of the global group

4.12b

Optional

Country of registration, postal, electronic mail and web site addresses of the global head office

4.13a

 

Identity number of the global group head, if the group head is resident (equals the identity number of the legal unit, which is the group head).

If the global group head is non-resident, its country of registration.

4.13b

Optional

Global group head identity number or name and address, if non-resident

Economic/ stratification characteristics

4.14

Optional

Number of persons employed globally

4.15

Optional

Consolidated global turnover

4.16

Optional

Country of global decision-centre

4.17

Optional

Countries where enterprises or local units are located


(1)  Regulation (EC) No 638/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on Community statistics relating to the trading of goods between Member States and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 3330/91(OJ L 102, 7.4.2004, p. 1).


STATEMENT OF THE COUNCIL'S REASON

I.   INTRODUCTION

1.

The Commission adopted its proposal (1) on 5 April 2005 with the aim to modernise the existing Business Registers Regulation (EEC) 2186/93 and to take account of additional statistical requirements which have progressively emerged. The proposal was examined and discussed in the Council's preparatory bodies under successive Presidencies.

2.

The European Parliament adopted its opinion at first reading on 1 June 2006.

3.

The Council adopted its common position in accordance with Article 251 of the EC Treaty on 21st May 2007

II.   OBJECTIVES

The main objectives of the draft Regulation are:

to register on a mandatory basis, all the enterprises, their local units and the corresponding legal units carrying out economic activities contributing to gross domestic product;

to cover all financial links and enterprise groups and to exchange data on multinational groups and their constituent units between Member States and the Commission (Eurostat).

In addition, the proposal aims at harmonisation between all Member States by adopting a common methodology.

III.   ANALYSIS OF THE COMMON POSITION

1.   General context

An agreement at first reading was reached on this dossier in June 2006 (PE-CONS 3624/06).

On 17 July 2006, the Council adopted Decision 2006/512/EC amending Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission and introducing a new procedure named ‘regulatory procedure with scrutiny’ (Article 5a).

The new Committee procedure has to be followed to adopt measures of general scope which seek to amend non-essential elements of a basic instrument adopted in accordance with the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty, inter alia, by deleting some of those elements or by supplementing the instrument by the addition of new non-essential elements.

2.   Adaptations introduced by the Council

The draft Regulation refers to the Committee regulatory procedure when implementing powers are conferred to the Commission and therefore has to be adapted, where appropriate, to the new Committee regulatory procedure with scrutiny.

The Commission has accepted the common position agreed by the Council.


(1)  COM(2005) 0112.


21.8.2007   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

CE 193/13


COMMON POSITION (EC) No 10/2007

adopted by the Council on 28 June 2008

with a view to adopting Regulation (EC) No …/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of … on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (‘Service of documents’) and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000

(2007/C 193 E/02)

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 61(c) and Article 67(5), second indent, thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Acting in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty (2),

Whereas:

(1)

The Union has set itself the objective of maintaining and developing the Union as an area of freedom, security and justice, in which the free movement of persons is assured. To establish such an area, the Community is to adopt, among others, the measures relating to judicial cooperation in civil matters needed for the proper functioning of the internal market.

(2)

The proper functioning of the internal market entails the need to improve and expedite the transmission of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters for service between the Member States.

(3)

The Council, by an Act dated 26 May 1997 (3), drew up a Convention on the service in the Member States of the European Union of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters and recommended it for adoption by the Member States in accordance with their respective constitutional rules. That Convention has not entered into force. Continuity in the results of the negotiations for conclusion of the Convention should be ensured.

(4)

On 29 May 2000 the Council adopted Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (4). The main content of that Regulation is based on the Convention.

(5)

On 1 October 2004 the Commission adopted a report on the application of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000. The report concludes that the application of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 has generally improved and expedited the transmission and the service of documents between Member States since its entry into force in 2001, but that nevertheless the application of certain provisions is not fully satisfactory.

(6)

Efficiency and speed in judicial procedures in civil matters require that judicial and extrajudicial documents be transmitted directly and by rapid means between local bodies designated by the Member States. Member States may indicate their intention to designate only one transmitting or receiving agency or one agency to perform both functions, for a period of five years. This designation may, however, be renewed every five years.

(7)

Speed in transmission warrants the use of all appropriate means, provided that certain conditions as to the legibility and reliability of the document received are observed. Security in transmission requires that the document to be transmitted be accompanied by a standard form, to be completed in the official language or one of the official languages of the place where service is to be effected, or in another language accepted by the Member State in question.

(8)

This Regulation should not apply to service of a document on the party's authorised representative in the Member State where the proceedings are taking place regardless of the place of residence of that party.

(9)

The service of a document should be effected as soon as possible, and in any event within one month of receipt by the receiving agency.

(10)

To secure the effectiveness of this Regulation, the possibility of refusing service of documents should be confined to exceptional situations.

(11)

In order to facilitate the transmission and service of documents between Member States, the standard forms set out in the Annexes to this Regulation should be used.

(12)

The receiving agency should inform the addressee in writing using the standard form that he may refuse to accept the document to be served at the time of service or by returning the document to the receiving agency within one week if it is not either in a language which he understands or in the official language or one of the official languages of the place of service. This rule should also apply to the subsequent service once the addressee has exercised his right of refusal. These rules on refusal should also apply to service by diplomatic or consular agents, service by postal services, and direct service. It should be established that the service of the refused document can be remedied through the service on the addressee of a translation of the document.

(13)

Speed in transmission warrants documents being served within days of receipt of the document. However, if service has not been effected after one month has elapsed, the receiving agency should inform the transmitting agency. The expiry of this period should not imply that the request be returned to the transmitting agency where it is clear that service is feasible within a reasonable period.

(14)

The receiving agency should continue to take all necessary steps to effect the service of the document also in cases where it has not been possible to effect service within the month, for example, because the defendant has been away from his home on holiday or away from his office on business. However, in order to avoid an open-ended obligation for the receiving agency to take steps to effect the service of a document, the transmitting agency should be able to specify a time limit in the standard form after which service is no longer required.

(15)

Given the differences between the Member States as regards their rules of procedure, the material date for the purposes of service varies from one Member State to another. Having regard to such situations and the possible difficulties that may arise, this Regulation should provide for a system where it is the law of the Member State addressed which determines the date of service. However, where according to the law of a Member State a document has to be served within a particular period, the date to be taken into account with respect to the applicant should be that determined by the law of that Member State. This double date system exists only in a limited number of Member States. Those Member States which apply this system should communicate this to the Commission, which should publish this information in the Official Journal of the European Union and make it available through the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters established by Council Decision 2001/470/EC (5).

(16)

In order to facilitate access to justice, costs occasioned by recourse to a judicial officer or a person competent under the law of the Member State addressed should correspond to a single fixed fee laid down by that Member State in advance which respects the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination. The requirement of a single fixed fee should not preclude the possibility for Member States to set different fees for different types of service as long as they respect these principles.

(17)

Each Member State should be free to effect service of documents directly by postal services on persons residing in another Member State by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt or equivalent.

(18)

It should be possible for any person interested in a judicial proceeding to effect service of documents directly through the judicial officers, officials or other competent persons of the Member State addressed, where such direct service is permitted under the law of that Member State.

(19)

The Commission should draw up a manual containing information relevant for the proper application of this Regulation, which should be made available through the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Commission and the Member States should do their utmost to ensure that this information is up to date and complete especially as regards contact details of receiving and transmitting agencies.

(20)

In calculating the periods and time limits provided for in this Regulation, Regulation (EEC, Euratom) No 1182/71 of the Council of 3 June 1971 determining the rules applicable to periods, dates and time limits (6) should apply.

(21)

The measures necessary for the implementation of this Regulation should be adopted in accordance with Council Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission (7).

(22)

In particular, power should be conferred on the Commission to update or make technical amendments to the standard forms set out in the Annexes. Since those measures are of general scope and are designed to amend/delete non-essential elements of this Regulation, they must be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny provided for in Article 5a of Decision 1999/468/EC.

(23)

This Regulation prevails over the provisions contained in bilateral or multilateral agreements or arrangements having the same scope, concluded by the Member States, and in particular the Protocol annexed to the Brussels Convention of 27 September 1968 (8) and the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 (9) in relations between the Member States party thereto. This Regulation does not preclude Member States from maintaining or concluding agreements or arrangements to expedite or simplify the transmission of documents, provided that they are compatible with this Regulation.

(24)

The information transmitted pursuant to this Regulation should enjoy suitable protection. This matter falls within the scope of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (10), and of Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) (11).

(25)

No later than 1 June 2011 and every five years thereafter, the Commission should review the application of this Regulation and propose such amendments as may appear necessary.

(26)

Since the objectives of this Regulation cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore, by reason of the scale or effects of the action, be better achieved at Community level, the Community may adopt measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives.

(27)

In order to make the provisions more easily accessible and readable, Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 should be repealed and replaced by this Regulation.

(28)

In accordance with Article 3 of the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Community, the United Kingdom and Ireland are taking part in the adoption and application of this Regulation.

(29)

In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of the Protocol on the position of Denmark, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Community, Denmark does not take part in the adoption of this Regulation and is not bound by it or subject to its application,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

CHAPTER I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

Scope

1.   This Regulation shall apply in civil and commercial matters where a judicial or extrajudicial document has to be transmitted from one Member State to another for service there. It shall not extend in particular to revenue, customs or administrative matters or to liability of the State for actions or omissions in the exercise of State authority (acta iure imperii).

2.   This Regulation shall not apply where the address of the person to be served with the document is not known.

3.   In this Regulation, the term ‘Member State’ shall mean the Member States with the exception of Denmark.

Article 2

Transmitting and receiving agencies

1.   Each Member State shall designate the public officers, authorities or other persons, hereinafter referred to as ‘transmitting agencies’, competent for the transmission of judicial or extrajudicial documents to be served in another Member State.

2.   Each Member State shall designate the public officers, authorities or other persons, hereinafter referred to as ‘receiving agencies’, competent for the receipt of judicial or extrajudicial documents from another Member State.

3.   A Member State may designate one transmitting agency and one receiving agency or one agency to perform both functions. A federal State, a State in which several legal systems apply or a State with autonomous territorial units shall be free to designate more than one such agency. The designation shall have effect for a period of five years and may be renewed at five-year intervals.

4.   Each Member State shall provide the Commission with the following information:

(a)

the names and addresses of the receiving agencies referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3;

(b)

the geographical areas in which they have jurisdiction;

(c)

the means of receipt of documents available to them; and

(d)

the languages that may be used for the completion of the standard form set out in Annex I.

Member States shall notify the Commission of any subsequent modification of such information.

Article 3

Central body

Each Member State shall designate a central body responsible for:

(a)

supplying information to the transmitting agencies;

(b)

seeking solutions to any difficulties which may arise during transmission of documents for service;

(c)

forwarding, in exceptional cases, at the request of a transmitting agency, a request for service to the competent receiving agency.

A federal State, a State in which several legal systems apply or a State with autonomous territorial units shall be free to designate more than one central body.

CHAPTER II

JUDICIAL DOCUMENTS

SECTION 1

Transmission and service of judicial documents

Article 4

Transmission of documents

1.   Judicial documents shall be transmitted directly and as soon as possible between the agencies designated pursuant to Article 2.

2.   The transmission of documents, requests, confirmations, receipts, certificates and any other papers between transmitting agencies and receiving agencies may be carried out by any appropriate means, provided that the content of the document received is true and faithful to that of the document forwarded and that all information in it is easily legible.

3.   The document to be transmitted shall be accompanied by a request drawn up using the standard form set out in Annex I. The form shall be completed in the official language of the Member State addressed or, if there are several official languages in that Member State, the official language or one of the official languages of the place where service is to be effected, or in another language which that Member State has indicated it can accept. Each Member State shall indicate the official language or languages of the institutions of the European Union other than its own which is or are acceptable to it for completion of the form.

4.   The documents and all papers that are transmitted shall be exempted from legalisation or any equivalent formality.

5.   When the transmitting agency wishes a copy of the document to be returned together with the certificate referred to in Article 10, it shall send the document in duplicate.

Article 5

Translation of documents

1.   The applicant shall be advised by the transmitting agency to which he forwards the document for transmission that the addressee may refuse to accept it if it is not in one of the languages provided for in Article 8.

2.   The applicant shall bear any costs of translation prior to the transmission of the document, without prejudice to any possible subsequent decision by the court or competent authority on liability for such costs.

Article 6

Receipt of documents by receiving agency

1.   On receipt of a document, a receiving agency shall, as soon as possible and in any event within seven days of receipt, send a receipt to the transmitting agency by the swiftest possible means of transmission using the standard form set out in Annex I.

2.   Where the request for service cannot be fulfilled on the basis of the information or documents transmitted, the receiving agency shall contact the transmitting agency by the swiftest possible means in order to secure the missing information or documents.

3.   If the request for service is manifestly outside the scope of this Regulation or if non-compliance with the formal conditions required makes service impossible, the request and the documents transmitted shall be returned, on receipt, to the transmitting agency, together with the notice of return using the standard form set out in Annex I.

4.   A receiving agency receiving a document for service but not having territorial jurisdiction to serve it shall forward it, as well as the request, to the receiving agency having territorial jurisdiction in the same Member State if the request complies with the conditions laid down in Article 4(3) and shall inform the transmitting agency accordingly using the standard form set out in Annex I. That receiving agency shall inform the transmitting agency when it receives the document, in the manner provided for in paragraph 1.

Article 7

Service of documents

1.   The receiving agency shall itself serve the document or have it served, either in accordance with the law of the Member State addressed or by a particular method requested by the transmitting agency, unless that method is incompatible with the law of that Member State.

2.   The receiving agency shall take all necessary steps to effect the service of the document as soon as possible, and in any event within one month of receipt. If it has not been possible to effect service within one month of receipt, the receiving agency shall:

(a)

immediately inform the transmitting agency by means of the certificate in the standard form set out in Annex I, which shall be drawn up under the conditions referred to in Article 10(2); and

(b)

continue to take all necessary steps to effect the service of the document, unless indicated otherwise by the transmitting agency, where service seems to be possible within a reasonable period of time.

Article 8

Refusal to accept a document

1.   The receiving agency shall inform the addressee, using the standard form set out in Annex II, that he may refuse to accept the document to be served at the time of service or by returning the document to the receiving agency within one week if it is not written in, or accompanied by a translation into, either of the following languages:

(a)

a language which the addressee understands;

or

(b)

the official language of the Member State addressed or, if there are several official languages in that Member State, the official language or one of the official languages of the place where service is to be effected.

2.   Where the receiving agency is informed that the addressee refuses to accept the document in accordance with paragraph 1, it shall immediately inform the transmitting agency by means of the certificate provided for in Article 10 and return the request and the documents of which a translation is requested.

3.   If the addressee has refused to accept the document pursuant to paragraph 1, the service of the document can be remedied through the service on the addressee in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation of the document accompanied by a translation into a language provided for in paragraph 1. In that case, the date of service of the document shall be the date on which the document accompanied by the translation is served in accordance with the law of the Member State addressed. However, where according to the law of a Member State, a document has to be served within a particular period, the date to be taken into account with respect to the applicant shall be the date of the service of the initial document determined pursuant to Article 9(2).

4.   Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 shall also apply to the means of transmission and service of judicial documents provided for in Section 2.

5.   For the purposes of paragraph 1, the diplomatic or consular agents, where service is effected in accordance with Article 13, or the authority or person, where service is effected in accordance with Article 14, shall inform the addressee that he may refuse to accept the document and that any document refused must be sent to those agents or to that authority or person respectively.

Article 9

Date of service

1.   Without prejudice to Article 8, the date of service of a document pursuant to Article 7 shall be the date on which it is served in accordance with the law of the Member State addressed.

2.   However, where according to the law of a Member State a document has to be served within a particular period, the date to be taken into account with respect to the applicant shall be that determined by the law of that Member State.

3.   Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall also apply to the means of transmission and service of judicial documents provided for in Section 2.

Article 10

Certificate of service and copy of the document served

1.   When the formalities concerning the service of the document have been completed, a certificate of completion of those formalities shall be drawn up in the standard form set out in Annex I and addressed to the transmitting agency, together with, where Article 4(5) applies, a copy of the document served.

2.   The certificate shall be completed in the official language or one of the official languages of the Member State of origin or in another language which the Member State of origin has indicated that it can accept. Each Member State shall indicate the official language or languages of the institutions of the European Union other than its own which is or are acceptable to it for completion of the form.

Article 11

Costs of service

1.   The service of judicial documents coming from a Member State shall not give rise to any payment or reimbursement of taxes or costs for services rendered by the Member State addressed.

2.   However, the applicant shall pay or reimburse the costs occasioned by:

(a)

recourse to a judicial officer or to a person competent under the law of the Member State addressed;

(b)

the use of a particular method of service.

Costs occasioned by recourse to a judicial officer or to a person competent under the law of the Member State addressed shall correspond to a single fixed fee laid down by that Member State in advance which respects the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination. Member States shall communicate such fixed fees to the Commission.

SECTION 2

Other means of transmission and service of judicial documents

Article 12

Transmission by consular or diplomatic channels

Each Member State shall be free, in exceptional circumstances, to use consular or diplomatic channels to forward judicial documents, for the purpose of service, to those agencies of another Member State which are designated pursuant to Articles 2 or 3.

Article 13

Service by diplomatic or consular agents

1.   Each Member State shall be free to effect service of judicial documents on persons residing in another Member State, without application of any compulsion, directly through its diplomatic or consular agents.

2.   Any Member State may make it known, in accordance with Article 23(1), that it is opposed to such service within its territory, unless the documents are to be served on nationals of the Member State in which the documents originate.

Article 14

Service by postal services

Each Member State shall be free to effect service of judicial documents directly by postal services on persons residing in another Member State by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt or equivalent.

Article 15

Direct service

Any person interested in a judicial proceeding may effect service of judicial documents directly through the judicial officers, officials or other competent persons of the Member State addressed, where such direct service is permitted under the law of that Member State.

CHAPTER III

EXTRAJUDICIAL DOCUMENTS

Article 16

Transmission

Extrajudicial documents may be transmitted for service in another Member State in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation.

CHAPTER IV

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 17

Implementing rules

Measures designed to amend non-essential elements of this Regulation relating to the updating or to the making of technical amendments to the standard forms set out in Annexes I and II shall be adopted in accordance with the regulatory procedure with scrutiny referred to in Article 18(2).

Article 18

Committee

1.   The Commission shall be assisted by a committee.

2.   Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5a(1) to (4) and Article 7 of Decision 1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to the provisions of Article 8 thereof.

Article 19

Defendant not entering an appearance

1.   Where a writ of summons or an equivalent document has had to be transmitted to another Member State for the purpose of service under the provisions of this Regulation and the defendant has not appeared, judgment shall not be given until it is established that:

(a)

the document was served by a method prescribed by the internal law of the Member State addressed for the service of documents in domestic actions upon persons who are within its territory; or

(b)

the document was actually delivered to the defendant or to his residence by another method provided for by this Regulation;

and that in either of these cases the service or the delivery was effected in sufficient time to enable the defendant to defend.

2.   Each Member State may make it known, in accordance with Article 23(1), that the judge, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, may give judgment even if no certificate of service or delivery has been received, if all the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)

the document was transmitted by one of the methods provided for in this Regulation;

(b)

a period of time of not less than six months, considered adequate by the judge in the particular case, has elapsed since the date of the transmission of the document;

(c)

no certificate of any kind has been received, even though every reasonable effort has been made to obtain it through the competent authorities or bodies of the Member State addressed.

3.   Notwithstanding paragraphs 1 and 2, the judge may order, in case of urgency, any provisional or protective measures.

4.   When a writ of summons or an equivalent document has had to be transmitted to another Member State for the purpose of service under the provisions of this Regulation and a judgment has been entered against a defendant who has not appeared, the judge shall have the power to relieve the defendant from the effects of the expiry of the time for appeal from the judgment if the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)

the defendant, without any fault on his part, did not have knowledge of the document in sufficient time to defend, or knowledge of the judgment in sufficient time to appeal; and

(b)

the defendant has disclosed a prima facie defence to the action on the merits.

An application for relief may be filed only within a reasonable time after the defendant has knowledge of the judgment.

Each Member State may make it known, in accordance with Article 23(1), that such application will not be entertained if it is filed after the expiry of a time to be stated by it in that communication, but which shall in no case be less than one year following the date of the judgment.

5.   Paragraph 4 shall not apply to judgments concerning the status or capacity of persons.

Article 20

Relationship with agreements or arrangements to which Member States are party

1.   This Regulation shall, in relation to matters to which it applies, prevail over other provisions contained in bilateral or multilateral agreements or arrangements concluded by the Member States, and in particular Article IV of the Protocol to the Brussels Convention of 1968 and the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965.

2.   This Regulation shall not preclude individual Member States from maintaining or concluding agreements or arrangements to expedite further or simplify the transmission of documents, provided that they are compatible with this Regulation.

3.   Member States shall send to the Commission:

(a)

a copy of the agreements or arrangements referred to in paragraph 2 concluded between the Member States as well as drafts of such agreements or arrangements which they intend to adopt;

and

(b)

any denunciation of, or amendments to, these agreements or arrangements.

Article 21

Legal aid

This Regulation shall not affect the application of Article 23 of the Convention on civil procedure of 17 July 1905, Article 24 of the Convention on civil procedure of 1 March 1954 or Article 13 of the Convention on international access to justice of 25 October 1980 between the Member States party to those Conventions.

Article 22

Protection of information transmitted

1.   Information, including in particular personal data, transmitted under this Regulation shall be used by the receiving agency only for the purpose for which it was transmitted.

2.   Receiving agencies shall ensure the confidentiality of such information, in accordance with their national law.

3.   Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not affect national laws enabling data subjects to be informed of the use made of information transmitted under this Regulation.

4.   This Regulation shall be without prejudice to Directives 95/46/EC and 2002/58/EC.

Article 23

Communication and publication

1.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the information referred to in Articles 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 19. Member States shall communicate to the Commission if, according to their law, a document has to be served within a particular period as referred to in Articles 8(3) and 9(2).

2.   The Commission shall publish the information communicated in accordance with paragraph 1 in the Official Journal of the European Union with the exception of the addresses and other contact details of the agencies and of the central bodies and the geographical areas in which they have jurisdiction.

3.   The Commission shall draw up and update regularly a manual containing the information referred to in paragraph 1, which shall be available electronically, in particular through the European Judicial Network in Civil and Commercial Matters.

Article 24

Review

No later than 1 June 2011, and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall present to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee a report on the application of this Regulation, paying special attention to the effectiveness of the agencies designated pursuant to Article 2 and to the practical application of Article 3(c) and Article 9. The report shall be accompanied if need be by proposals for adaptations of this Regulation in line with the evolution of notification systems.

Article 25

Repeal

1.   Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 shall be repealed as from the date of application of this Regulation.

2.   References made to the repealed Regulation shall be construed as being made to this Regulation and should be read in accordance with the correlation table in Annex III.

Article 26

Entry into force

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from … (12) with the exception of Article 23 which shall apply from … (13).

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in the Member States in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community.

Done at,

For the European Parliament

The President

For the Council

The President


(1)  OJ C 88, 11.4.2006, p. 7.

(2)  Opinion of the European Parliament of 4 July 2006 (not yet published in the Official Journal), Council Common Position of 28 June 2007 and Position of the European Parliament of … (not yet published in the Official Journal).

(3)  OJ C 261, 27.8.1997, p. 1. On the same day as the Convention was drawn up the Council took note of the explanatory report on the Convention which is set out on page 26 of the aforementioned Official Journal.

(4)  OJ L 160, 30.6.2000, p. 37.

(5)  OJ L 174, 27.6.2001, p. 25.

(6)  OJ L 124, 8.6.1971, p. 1.

(7)  OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23. Decision as amended by Decision 2006/512/EC (OJ L 200, 22.7.2006, p. 11).

(8)  Brussels Convention of 27 September 1968 on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 299, 31.12.1972, p. 32; consolidated version, OJ C 27, 26.1.1998, p. 1).

(9)  Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the service abroad of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters.

(10)  OJ L 281, 23.11.1995, p. 31. Directive as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).

(11)  OJ L 201, 31.7.2002, p. 37. Directive as amended by Directive 2006/24/EC (OJ L 105, 13.4.2006, p. 54).

(12)  Twelve months after the adoption of this Regulation.

(13)  Nine months after the adoption of this Regulation.


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ANNEX II

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ANNEX III

CORRELATION TABLE

Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000

This Regulation

Article 1(1)

Article 1(1) first sentence

Article 1(1) second sentence

Article 1(2)

Article 1(2)

Article 1(3)

Article 2

Article 2

Article 3

Article 3

Article 4

Article 4

Article 5

Article 5

Article 6

Article 6

Article 7(1)

Article 7(1)

Article 7(2) first sentence

Article 7(2) first sentence

Article 7(2) second sentence

Article 7(2) second sentence (introductory phrase) and Article 7(2)(a)

Article 7(2)(b)

Article 7(2) third sentence

Article 8(1) introductory phrase

Article 8(1) introductory phrase

Article 8(1)(a)

Article 8(1)(b)

Article 8(1)(b)

Article 8(1)(a)

Article 8(2)

Article 8(2)

Article 8(3) to (5)

Article 9(1) and (2)

Article 9(1) and (2)

Article 9(3)

Article 9(3)

Article 10

Article 10

Article 11(1)

Article 11(1)

Article 11(2)

Article 11(2) first subparagraph

Article 11(2) second subparagraph

Article 12

Article 12

Article 13

Article 13

Article 14(1)

Article 14

Article 14(2)

Article 15(1)

Article 15

Article 15(2)

Article 16

Article 16

Article 17, introductory phrase

Article 17

Article 17(a) to (c)

Article 18(1) and (2)

Article 18(1) and (2)

Article 18(3)

Article 19

Article 19

Article 20

Article 20

Article 21

Article 21

Article 22

Article 22

Article 23(1)

Article 23(1) first sentence

Article 23(1) second sentence

Article 23(2)

Article 23(2)

Article 23(3)

Article 24

Article 24

Article 25

Article 25

Article 26

Annex

Annex I

Annex II

Annex III


STATEMENT OF COUNCIL'S REASONS

I.   INTRODUCTION

The Commission submitted in July 2005 a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000. After in-depth discussions on this proposal in the competent Council committee the Council agreed on a general approach at its meeting on 1 and 2 June 2006. In the wake of this general approach contacts were made with the European Parliament and an agreement was reached on the amendments to be made to Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000. Both institutions were of the opinion that, in the interest of good lawmaking, Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 should be codified rather that just amended.

The European Parliament consequently in its opinion in July 2006 adopted a number of amendments which corresponded to the amendments agreed with the Council and formally called on the Commission to submit a codified version of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 by way of an amended proposal.

In compliance with this request the Commission submitted on 4 December 2006 an amended proposal for a Regulation on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (service of documents) incorporating the amendments to Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 adopted by the European Parliament and the Council and repealing that Regulation.

A slightly amended version of this text was approved unanimously by the Council at its meeting on 19 and 20 April 2007 and a Council common position was subsequently drawn up. This common position was adopted formally by the Council by unanimity on 28 June 2007.

II.   ANALYSIS OF THE COMMON POSITION

The Council common position remains faithful to the text agreed between the European Parliament and the Council and thus also to a large extent to the Commission's amended proposal. Only where the text of the amended proposal diverged from the agreed text or where amendments were necessary for other reasons have changes been made. The main ones are highlighted below.

Changes which the Council has not accepted

Article 1(2)(b)

The European Parliament and the Council had agreed on the insertion of a new recital (EP amendment 7). The Commission in its amended proposal had duly inserted this new recital (Recital 8), but had also inserted a provision in Article 1(2)(b). As such a new provision had not been agreed between the European Parliament and the Council, the Council has deleted the added provision. The common position thus follows the agreed approach.

Article 19

The wording of Article 19 in the Commission's amended proposal diverged slightly from that of Article 19 of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 in the sense that there was no longer any mentioning of a document being delivered to the defendant. Since no amendment of Article 19 had been agreed between the European Parliament and the Council, the Council has reverted to the previous text in its common position.

Changes which the Council has accepted

The European Parliament and the Council had agreed on the insertion of a new Article 15a (EP amendment 25). In its amended proposal the Commission accepted the substance of this amendment, but opted for a solution consisting in the insertion of two new paragraphs in Article 8 and one new paragraph in Article 9 instead of a specific provision. The Council finds this solution fully in line with good lawmaking and has therefore incorporated it in its common position.

Repeal of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000

As the Council and the European Parliament had called for a codification of Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 the Commission inserted in its amended proposal the necessary provisions on the repeal of that Regulation (Recital 27, Article 25 and the correlation table in Annex III). In the interest of good lawmaking the Council has incorporated these provisions and the correlation table in its common position.

Changes which the Council has made

When Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 was adopted in May 2000 there was not yet an established practice on how to deal with the fact that Denmark in accordance with the Protocol on the Position of Denmark does not take part in the adoption of measures pursuant to Title IV of the EC Treaty and that such measures are not binding for and do not apply in Denmark. Regulation No 1348/2000 did therefore not contain the now customary provision on the definition of ‘Member State’. In order to make up for this omission the Council has inserted in its common position a new paragraph 3 in Article 1. The Council has equally as a consequence of the exclusion of Denmark made the appropriate adjustments in the Annexes.

III.   CONCLUSION

The Council considers its common position on the Regulation on service of documents to be fully in line with the amendments wanted by the European Parliament and the Council and in line with the Commission's amended proposal incorporating those amendments.