Debt Collection Legislation – Common features in European countries!

Common feature 1: Debt collectors need authorization from national authorities to conduct third-party debt collection against debtors in a country.

In most of the countries in Europe, permission is required to conduct debt collection on behalf of a creditor. The licence applies to debt collection actions against debtors within the country’s borders.

To illustrate: A claim against a German company must, therefore, be recovered by a German debt collector, regardless of the country in which the creditor is located.


Common feature 2: Rules designed to protect debtors against “bad” behaviour from Debt Collectors.

To protect the integrity of the debtors, there are rules for how a Debt collector must behave in their attempts to recover claims.

Exactly how these rules are designed and their sanctions differ in European countries.

Examples of unauthorized methods are e.g. that Debt Collectors are not allowed to contact debtors at improper times during the day. Nor threaten debtors with legal actions without any basis at all.

By using Oddcoll,

you can be sure that you always get a local agent authorized to collect your claims against your customers and that your agent is aware and complies with the national debt collection laws in each individual case.

Applies to all our partners

- Legal authorization to recover claims in their countries
- B2B Collection Specialists
- Communicates in English
- Experts in their national debt recovery legislation