European Union – Civil and commercial matters. Article 7(1)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 should be interpreted as meaning that a dispute concerning a payment obligation arising from a decision taken by a general meeting of the owners of property in a building, which did not have legal personality and had been specifically established by law in order to exercise certain rights, where that decision had been taken by a majority of members, but bound all members, should be regarded as falling within the concept of 'matters relating to a contract' within the meaning of that provision. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held in a preliminary ruling in proceedings concerning the failure of the respondent Irish owners, of an apartment in Bulgaria, to pay their contribution to the charges for the building in which their property was situated.