On 30.10.07 the Lugano Convention on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters between the European Community and Switzerland, Norway and Iceland was signed. The signing of the Convention, which replaces the 1988 Lugano Convention, also marked an important institutional change for the EU, following a European Court of Justice opinion that such matters come under exclusive Community competence: as such the Convention was signed by the Community and will become part of Community law.

In accordance with article 69, it will come into force on the first day of the sixth month following the deposit of the articles of ratification with the Swiss Federal Council by the EC and the relevant EFTA country.

The wording of the new Convention brings it in line with the Brussels Regulation.