European Commission conducting a public consultation for the revision of the Late Payment Directive

The European Commission is conducting a public consultation in preparation for the revision of the Late Payment Directive (Directive 2011/7/EU). The directive lays down obligations concerning payment terms in commercial transactions between businesses (B2B) or between public authorities and businesses (G2B).

EU rules on late payments have triggered a reduction in payment delays. However, more than 60% of EU businesses are still not paid on time, and small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) are most affected.

The initiative is aimed at helping SMEs by revising existing EU payment rules based on available and upcoming evidence to promote a definitive shift towards a culture of ‘prompt payment’.

The public consultation is open until 17 March and is available at Late payments – update of EU rules (
DETE provides current late payments information on its webpage Late Payments - DETE ( and any specific questions on this information can be sent to

Businesses can sign up to the Prompt Payments Code Prompt Payment Code - DETE ( an initiative developed by business for business, with the aim of improving cashflow between business and moving towards a culture of providing “payment certainty”.

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