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On the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil or commercial matters (service of documents)
Article 20

Article 20 — Relationship with agreements or arrangements to which Member States are party

  1. This Regulation shall, in relation to matters to which it applies, prevail over other provisions contained in bilateral or multilateral agreements or arrangements concluded by the Member States, and in particular Article IV of the Protocol to the Brussels Convention of 1968 and the Hague Convention of 15 November 1965.
  2. This Regulation shall not preclude individual Member States from maintaining or concluding agreements or arrangements to expedite further or simplify the transmission of documents, provided that they are compatible with this Regulation.
  3. Member States shall send to the Commission:
    1. a copy of the agreements or arrangements referred to in paragraph 2 concluded between the Member States as well as drafts of such agreements or arrangements which they intend to adopt; and
    2. any denunciation of, or amendments to, these agreements or arrangements.