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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Sep 26, 2003

I have created a shortcut(a European flag) to "Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions on my desktop and was wondering if (direct)clients comply with the stipulations of this directive : payment after thirty days. I am particularly interested in feedback from Italy, France and Spain.

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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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Not in Italy Sep 26, 2003

No. In Italy they pay 60 to 120 days later. Companies abroad 45 to 90, with slight improvment. The worst part is that one USA agency passed from 30 days to 60 (to 90?).

It is terrible. And I even feel shy talking about it, because I am afraid that - by reading this thread - good payers could feel legitimated to do as everybodyelse...

Williamson wrote:
and was wondering if (direct)clients comply with the stipulations of this directive : payment after thirty days. I am particularly interested in feedback from Italy, France and Spain.


[Edited at 2003-09-26 13:59]


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Deeply rooted traditions do not go away easily Sep 26, 2003

If you read through the directive (in the current 11 E.U.languages), it says that if goods/services are delivered according to agreement between both parties, then the buyer has to pay within thirthy days or you are entitled to ask the interest-rate set by the ECB. This directive has been enacted into laws in ALL the Member States, France, Spain and Italy included.
In other words: It has become illegal to pay after 30 days.
A law is a law and for a law to be observed you have to go court, which might be costly if you do not have a legal insurance.
I have one against "all conflicts", but I do not know whether there is one for professional conflicts.
You pay the insurance once a year and if a conflict between you and a client arises, you do not have to pay the lawyer, the insurance company does.


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