About Fab

Who we are?

The Find a Bailiff (“FAB”) directory was initiated in the framework of the co-funded European project “EJE” (2010-2012) and continued in the framework of the co-funded European project FAB II (2016-2018). The directory is now managed by the European Judicial Officers Foundation (EUBF). As a result of the FAB III project (2020-2022) a total of 16 states are now included in the directory.

Find a Bailiff III (FAB III 2020-2022) aimed to extend the FAB directory, in order to strengthen cross-border cooperation between civil procedure actors in Europe by facilitating access to justice for citizens and businesses by enabling them to easily identify the competent enforcement authority in a foreign Member State.

In order to achieve the general objectives, the concrete goals of the project were to consolidate the FAB directory, to increase awareness of the FAB directory, as well as to facilitate its integration into the European e-Justice portal.

The objectives were successfully achieved, as eight new States are now included in the Directory:

  1. Portugal
  2. Latvia
  3. Estonia
  4. Lithuania
  5. Netherlands
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Hungary
  8. Greece


The European Directory of Bailiffs and Enforcement authorities (the ‘Find a Bailiff – FAB’ directory) is a unified single electronic directory of bailiffs covering, very soon, all the European Member States.

The FAB directory provides contact details of the competent practitioner together with information such as languages spoken and a map module displaying the location of the Bailiff/enforcement authority.

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More concretely,
the added-value
of the directory is:

  • Improve the visibility of the Bailiffs/Enforcement authorities of your Member State to citizens and companies;
  • Facilitate the cooperation between the Bailiffs/Enforcement authorities and other legal practitioners at National and European level;
  • Improve the access to cross-border legal procedures for European citizens.

The directory will also soon be accessible from the European e-Justice Portal under ‘Find a Bailiff’.
In addition, the directory provides data to the European Court Database for specific European regulations related to civil and commercial matters.
The European Bailiffs’ Foundation (EUBF) ensures the daily management of the FAB directory.