European Union – Jurisdiction. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of art 71 of Council Regulation (EC) 44/2001 (on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters). The request had been made in proceedings between Nipponkoa Insurance Co. (Europe) Ltd and Inter-Zuid Transport BV concerning the payment of €500,000 compensation for damage suffered as a result of an international transport of goods by road.