Posted on May 8, AM in News

On 7 May 2020 the webinar “European Small Claims Procedure: the Italian experience” took place within the European project SCAN – Small Claims Analysis Net. The event, sponsored by the LUISS University of Rome and organized by PhDs Irene Abignente and Rita Tuccillo, aimed at promoting and disseminating the European Small Claims Procedure (ESCP), so that it becomes a valid and effective resolution tool for legal professionals, entrepreneurs and consumers. During the meeting, several Italian experts told the national experience identifying the best practices adopted, collecting feedback and opinions, not forgetting the analysis of the difficulties encountered by consumers in understanding the regulation. In particular, the event moderated by Professor Francesco Romeo, was introduced by Professor Silvio Martuccelli who underlined the critical issues and difficulties in the application of EU Regulation 2421/15 in Italy, after briefly explaining the main features of the ESCP. The importance of applying the ESCP effectively and widely in Italy was underlined by Dr. Raffaele Sabato -Judge of the European Court of Human Rights. Mrs. Margherita Morelli – Past President European Network of Associations of Lay Judges, Mrs. Cinzia Leone – Justice of the Peace in Pisticci – and Mrs. Monica de Rita – Lawyer of the Rome Bar Association – told about their experiences in the field, highlighting the little knowledge that lawyers and legal experts have of the ESCP. In order to make the procedure more usable and accessible to users and consumers, Dr. Valentina Rubertelli – Notary Public in Reggio Emilia (IT), clarified what role the Notaries can play in this matter. In specific, it was proposed to involve also the notarial class in the perspective of spreading the knowledge and application of the ESCP as much as possible. The webinar ended with a keynote speech by Professor Ferruccio Auletta, who invited speakers and participants to consider the fundamental role of the lawyer as well as the university, for the training of prepared, experienced and responsible legal experts on the importance of good collaboration between all legal practitioners.