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IETL Board Member Sorin Greceanu elected as Vice-president of CoB
Sorin Greceanu, general manager of Romanian Motor Insurers' Bureau (BAAR), was elected last week as vice president of the Council of Bureaux (CoB), the international body that administers the Green Card System.
It is for the first time in the history of the Council of Bureaux that a representative of Romania is entrusted with a responsibility at this level, Romania being a member of the Green Card System since 1965. The election of Sorin Greceanu was made during the 54th General Assembly of the CoB held on September 24 2020 in Brussels.
“The election is an honor for me and a recognition of the active contribution that BAAR has had permanently within the Council of Bureaux”, said Sorin Greceanu.
Established in London in 1949, the Council of Bureaux is the international body that administers the "Green Card System" in order to facilitate the international cross-border movement of motor vehicles and the settlement of damages, so that victims of road accidents are not disadvantaged by the fact that the damage suffered by them was caused by a motor vehicle from abroad. Currently, the organization includes 48 national Green Card offices.
Starting this year, another key pillar of the Council's work is the protection of visitors within the common European space. To this end, a number of 40 new European bodies for the protection of visitors and victims as Guarantee Funds, Compensation Bodies and Information Centers have been admitted to the current General Assembly and have been set up under the provisions of the European Directives on motor third party liability insurance.
The Council of the Bureaux is currently headed by Sandra Schwarz, CEO of the German Green Card Bureau (Deutsches Büro Grüne Karte e. V.) as President of the CoB, respectively Sorin Greceanu and Sergey Razuvan, General Director of the Russian Association of Automobile Insurers (RAMI), as vice presidents.
The IETL Board congratulates his Board Member Sorin Greceanu for the appointment and wishes him every success!
XXIst European Traffic Law Days postponed to 7 and 8 October 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemia, the Law Days foreseen on October 2020 are postponed and will take place in Berlin one year later, at Hotel STEIGENBERGER, on October 7th and 8th 2021.
Main Topics XXth European Traffic Law Days october 3 and 4 2019, Athens:
E-Scooter: what law?
E-Scooters (miniature electric vehicles): Quid iuris? Current legal and insurance issues and experience in Germany, France, Austria and other countries.
- Romain Cros, Director Products IARD, COVEA Group, Paris
- Mag. Martin Hoffer, Director ÖAMTC Law services, Vienna
- Peter Jaklin, ADAC e.V., lawyer, Munich
- Current traffic law practice of the European Court of Justice, Speaker: Oskar Riedmeyer, Specialist lawyer for traffic law, Munich
- Developments in settlement of major claims, Speaker: Bernhard Koch, Professor for civil law, University of Innsbruck
- International road traffic accidents: current questions, Moderators: Holger Backu, CEO InterEurope AG, Düsseldorf, and Xavier Legendre, General Manager Bureau Central Français, Paris
What's new in European Traffic Law?
Will UK join the Lugano Convention?
Since 1 February 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. The UK government has declared its intention to accede to the Lugano Convention, but some issues raised by the European Commission need to be resolved until the #Brexit transition period will end on 31 December 2020.
Compensation if boarding is denied
ECJ Judgment of 30 April 2020: A passenger can request compensation if the airline denies boarding due to supposedly inadequate travel documents. Based on Regulation (EC) no. 261/2004, it must be clarified whether there are reasonable grounds for such refusal.
Accident abroad with compatriot: what law?
Decision of Saarbrücken Higher Regional Court (Germany) of 06.02.2020: Based on Rome II Regulation, the law of the common place of residence is applied, but the fault contributions to be included in the liability evaluation are assessed according to the traffic law at the place of accident.
Improvement of road safety in Danube area
The RADAR project (Risk Assessment on Danube Area Roads) seeks to improve road traffic safety infrastructure in the region.
Financed by the European
Union, RADAR conducts training for engineers who work in the domain of road infrastructure, as well as for decision-makers in ten Danube countries.
Will UK join the Lugano Convention?
Since 1 February 2020, the UK is no longer a member of the EU. This has implications for the Lugano Convention, which regulates the jurisdiction of courts and the enforcement of foreign judgments between the member states of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. The UK Government has declared its intention to accede to the Lugano Convention and it has received assurances of support from various contracting parties (Norway, Iceland and Switzerland).
Accession to the Convention would provide a reciprocal arrangement under which English and other European courts would apply a common set of jurisdictional rules, unless some of the benefits of Brussels I (Recast) would be lost, because the Lugano Convention does not accord primacy to exclusive jurisdiction agreements, for example (Italian torpedo jurisprudence). But accession to the Lugano Convention would guarantee a degree of legal certainty, predictability of outcome, and definite relief for practitioners and parties in Europe.
On 8 April 2020, the UK submitted its formal application to accede to the Convention. In order to accede, there will have to be unanimous consent of all the other contracting parties, especially of the EU. In this respect, it seems that the European Commission pointed out that a quick decision is not in the EU's interest, since the UK decided to leave the single market, when the transition period will end on 31 December 2020.
Negotiations continue between the UK and the EU, but the frosty reception of the EU remains, since accepting the request would be an important advantage for Britain’s legal sector, what might contribute to any hesitation not only by the Commission, but also from some Member States.
Should no solution be found, jurisdiction and enforcement issues will be dealt by the local rules of each country, what will complicate the European legal system considerably.