Europese regelgeving omtrent betalingsachterstanden en het betaalgedrag van Nederlandse gemeenten in 2009 en 2010

Grooten, W., 30-Apr-2015, Groningen: University of Groningen, SOM research school. 202 p.

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In this thesis the European regulations embodied in Directive 2000/35 and Directive 2011/7 are analysed and the focus lies on the question whether or not the Directives are appropriate means of debt collection when combating late payments in commercial transactions in general and in particular with reference to Dutch municipalities.
My conclusion is that in practice the Directives have proven to be unsuitable in combating late payments by municipalities. This might possibly change if and when the business world and government invest more than at present in disseminating information and training. Only a few years ago information was still provided by the Chambers of Commerce in the Netherlands on this particular topic, however, in the present climate there is no funding and the Chambers of Commerce no longer see this as their task to provide any contribution in this area. Consequently, small entrepreneurs, in particular, are the victims of this lack of information as they do not have the financial resources to buy in the relevant expertise.
The results of my empirical research cannot be generalised so as to also apply to industry. Be that as it may, I do think, that in respect of commercial enterprises that display bureaucratic characteristics analogous to the public authorities investigated similar mechanisms play a role in the decision whether or not to pay an invoice within the agreed payment period. In my opinion, these impediments do not play a significant role in commercial, non-bureaucratic companies. Further research will have to be conducted into these assumptions.
Original languageDutch
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date30-Apr-2015
Place of PublicationGroningen
Print ISBNs9789036778220
Electronic ISBNs9789036778206
Publication statusPublished - 30-Apr-2015

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