European order for payment procedure

The European order for payment procedure simplifies the collection of international civil claims. You can start up this procedure if you have a conflict with a foreign entrepreneur. One condition is that the other party does not deny your right to a payment. There is no maximum claim for this procedure.

The procedure is valid in all EU countries except Denmark and is recognised and executed everywhere. This procedure does not require a separate statement (declaration of enforceability).

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How does the European order for payment procedure go?

You start up the procedure with standard forms that can be found on this website. With this form, you can submit your request to start up the procedure to the court. The request may be denied if the requirements are not met or if your claim is unfounded. There are no legal means to dispute a rejection of your claim.

If your request is well-founded, the judge will issue a European order for payment as soon as possible and usually within 30 days after your request.

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To which court must I submit my request for a European order for payment procedure?

In the Netherlands, you can submit your request for a European order for payment to:

’s-Gravenhage court
Sector civil law
General Affairs
PO box 20302
2500 EH The Hague

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How does the issuing of the order go?

The European order for payment states that the defendant has the opportunity to pay the amount due to the plaintiff. The defendant is the entrepreneur; the plaintiff is you. The entrepreneur can dispute the order, but they must do so within 30 days.

If the entrepreneur questions the order or disputes it, the European order for payment procedure will stop. In that case, a “standard” legal procedure will follow. If the plaintiff asks to stop the procedure, it has to be determined which judge is authorised to handle this lawsuit.

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