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Parliamentary questions
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14 October 2015
Question for written answer E-013817-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nicola Caputo (S&D)

 Subject:  A more effective justice system can make SMEs more competitive
 Answer in writing 

Italy spends almost one-third more per inhabitant on its justice system than the other EU Member States, yet its civil proceedings take on average twice as long.

In Europe, Italy is at the bottom of the league table when it comes to the length and cost of civil proceedings and it holds an unwanted record for the longest average duration of proceedings involving breach of contract. Litigants face costs twice as high as in countries with more efficient justice systems.

Taking the specific case of SMEs, problems in obtaining credit are slowing down their growth and hampering their national and international competitiveness to a disastrous degree and their ability to invest is being undermined by uncertainty regarding the future availability of credit and poor cash flow.

I would therefore ask the Commission how it intends, without prejudice to the powers of the Member States, to:
encourage Member States to employ alternative forms of dispute resolution in order to reduce costs and speed up procedures?
support justice systems by proposing effective procedures which reduce the duration and cost of legal proceedings?
encourage firms to establish networks and make it easier for them to obtain information about national and international tender procedures for service, works and supply contracts?
Original language of question: IT 
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