The European Payment Order is based on Council Regulation 1896/2006 of 12 December 2006 creating a European payment order procedure. This allows creditors to recover their uncontested civil and commercial claims according to a uniform procedure that operates on the basis of standard forms. The procedure does not require appearing before a court. The claimant only has to submit an application, after which the procedure will follow its course. It does not require any further formalities or intervention on the part of the claimant.
The XML Schemas have been created following the principles of the UN/CEFACT Core Components Technical Specification (CCTS), through the use of the Metadata Workbench of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. The initial modelling is done in the context of e-CODEX Work Package WP6 'Document standards and semantics'.