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Small claims are typically consumer claims. While most European states have specific procedures for dealing with them (as cheaper and quicker alternatives to ordinary court procedures), they differ widely across the EU. In recognition of these differences, the EU has introduced a harmonised European Small Claims Procedure (in the Small Claims Procedure Regulation - see link to our 'Legislation section' for more details about the Regulation and the link to the text of the Regulation).