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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
News article1 September 2023Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations1 min read

Ukraine: mutual recognition of judgments between EU and Ukraine starts today under Hague Convention


Today, the Hague Judgments Conventionis entering into force, ensuringinternational recognition and enforcement of judgments from other countries’ courts in civil and commercial matters. The EU and Ukraine have joined the Convention, which means that Member States will recognise Ukraine’s judgements, and Ukraine will recognise judgements from Member States. Other countries are also expected to join in the future. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, said: “The time is right for greater international unity and cooperation in civil and commercial law. I hope that the entry into force of the Hague Judgments Convention and its application in the EU and Ukraine will motivate other countries to sign up. In an increasingly globalised world, implementing the law cannot be restricted by borders - the more countries join the Convention, the more effective our judgements will become. Citizens and companies will benefit from the treaty and it will further facilitate trade and investment between the EU and Ukraine.” Currently, diverse laws and practices around the globe often make it challenging for EU citizens and businesses to get judgments recognised and enforced by other countries. This legal uncertainty as well as the associated costs may cause many to give up on pursuing their claims or decide not to engage in international dealings altogether. More information about international cooperation on civil justice is available here.