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European preservation order facilitates attachments abroad


As from 1 November 2016, the Netherlands will adopt the legislative proposal for the introduction of a European account preservation order. This new development will facilitate the collection of receivables from abroad. Debt collection lawyer and receiver Hidde Reitsma explains the establishment and working method of the European preservation order.



European account preservation order

On 15 May 2014, a European Regulation establishing a European account preservation order procedure was adopted. The idea behind this regulation was to facilitate cross-border debt recovery in civil and commercial matters. In that connection, the regulation includes a procedure to preserve accounts that are held in another member state (excluding the United Kingdom and Denmark).

What is a preservation order?

In short, a preservation order is an action that a creditor can exercise before obtaining a court judgment and with which a debtor’s assets The assets of a Dutch company reflect the value of all that the company possesses
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may be preserved pending proceedings.

The European preservation regulation is time-consuming

At the moment, in order to preserve a bank account in another Member State, a creditor has to apply for a preservation order to the court of the country where the bank account is held. This is about to change. Meanwhile, there is a legislative proposal pending which implements the European regulation.

Future European preservation order

In the future, a creditor will be able to turn to the Dutch Court with an application for a European preservation order. If the order is issued, following verification, it will be possible to impose a preservation order on a bank account in another member state.

Application for a preservation order

An application for a preservation order is possible at any stage before or during proceedings. The application is also possible following a court decision. The conditions for an application partly relate to the stage at which the application is made.

Adoption of legislative proposal for European preservation order

The Dutch Senate adopted the legislative proposal on 1 November 2016 as a formality. Its promulgation and entry into force are to follow shortly.

Hidde Reitsma

Hidde Reitsma

Hidde has a varied consultancy and litigation practice, focusing on corporate law and insolvency law. He frequently acts in proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam and in cases on directors’ liability. Hidde also advises on drawing up and negotiating contracts, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Follow Hidde on LinkedIn.

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