Afficher l’image sourceThe European Commission has announced that the European Union and Ukraine both joined the 2019 Hague Judgments Convention today. More specifically, the EU has acceded and Ukraine has ratified the Convention on 29 August 2022.

Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, said:

Today‘s accession is the culmination of years of intense efforts. By being the first to accede to the Convention together with Ukraine, the European Union paves the way for others to join soon. The wider the accession rate of States to the Hague Judgments Convention, the more powerful an instrument it will become for the benefit of more citizens, more companies, and wider international trade and investment.

The Convention will enter into force for the EU and Ukraine on 1 September 2023.

A delicate question will then be whether EU Member States will apply the Convention to judgments issued by courts located in any part of Ukraine under Russian “control” (whatever that may mean, and if any by then).

Unless Russia, which has signed the Convention, becomes a Contracting State in the meantime.