EU ministers agree contractual dispute jurisdiction rules for Rome I.
EUROPEAN Union (EU) ministers have ordered a clarification of the
Rome I convention choosing jurisdictions for cross-border contractual
disputes. In a review, the EU Council of Ministers has focused
especially on where parties cannot agree a jurisdiction. Then, the
country where a contract was to be fulfilled is the first choice, but,
said a council decision, "to achieve more legal certainty, some of
the most typical contracts should be explicitly mentioned" as
covered by this rule. However, ministers also sought additional
flexibility for trickier cases by ordering an "escape clause (for
where) it is clear from all the circumstances ... that the contract is
manifestly more closely connected with another country." Meanwhile,
the council and the European Parliament will create a conciliation committee to resolve differences over the draft Rome II convention
regarding cross-border non-contractual disputes.