The EU is currently conducting a 5-year review of the operation of the Brussels I Regulation, 44/2001 on “jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters”. In October, the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (“JURI”) held a hearing at which Alexander Layton QC was invited to speak on behalf of the Bar. The EP is working on its report.
See: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/hearingsCom.do?language=EN&body=JURI. The view of the Council will be crucial.