Member States participating in UPC

Member States of the EU that have already ratified the UPC Agreement (or in the case of Germany has indicated it will do so) and so will take part in the UPC as soon as it commences are:

Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden.

Further Member States that have signed the UPC Agreement but not yet ratified and cannot take part until they ratify are:

Cyprus, Czechia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia.

EPC countries which are not Member States of the EU and so not eligible to take part in UPC are:

Albania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK.

Confirmed locations for local/regional divisions of UPC

The following locations have been confirmed for local/regional divisions.

Member state Local / regional division Location
Austria Local Vienna
Belgium Local Brussels
Denmark Local Copenhagen
Finland Local Helsinki
Germany Local Munich, Mannheim, Dusseldorf, Hamburg
Italy Local Milan
Lithuania Nordic-Baltic Regional* Vilnius
Netherlands Local The Hague
Portugal Local Lisbon
Slovenia Local Ljubjiana
Sweden Nordic-Baltic Regional* Stockholm

*France has a central division in Paris, confirmation is awaited on local division.

Hungary has set up a training centre in Budapest, confirmation is awaited on local division.

Luxembourg is the seat of the Court of Appeal, confirmation is awaited on local division.

The Members States cooperating to provide the Nordic-Baltic Regional Division are:

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden.

Note that, where a Member State does not have a local or regional division, proceedings that would otherwise be brought in local/regional division shall be brought before the central division.

Written by Joanne Welch.

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