The European Court of Justice recently found that the EU Service Regulation must be interpreted and applied to ensure a fair balance between the interests of a party that serves documents and those of the addressee by reconciling the objectives of efficiency and speed of service of procedural documents with the need to ensure that the addressee's right to defence against the documents is adequately protected through the guarantee of their receipt.
The extent to which sleeping in vehicles is allowed under EU law has been the subject of much debate in the road transportation industry. EU employers of drivers of road transport vehicles will have noted with interest the European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general's recent opinion that drivers cannot take their regular weekly rest periods inside their vehicles. Although it may be several months before the ECJ reaches a decision on this issue, the court usually follows the advocate general's advice.
EU Regulation 655/2014 establishing a European account preservation order (EAPO) procedure will enter into force in January 2017, providing creditors with the opportunity to attach bank accounts throughout the European Union on the basis of a single application. The EAPO Regulation was driven by a European Commission study which showed that creditors encounter many difficulties when collecting outstanding claims in cases with cross-border implications.