On 30 May the European Parliament Committee on legal affairs backed a Commission proposal to make it easier for businesses and consumers to recover money from a debtor in another EU country. The draft directive on cross-border debt recovery will now be discussed by the Council in June. Currently if a small business or consumer needs to recover a cross-border debt such recovery is difficult and time-consuming and expensive. Problems range from differences in national law to the cost of hiring legal expertise and translating documents. The Commission proposal for a Europe-wide preservation order aimed to ease the recovery of cross-border debts for both citizens and businesses.