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Clearer patrimonial regimes for international couples: joint conference of the Commission and CNUE

Citizens loose time and money figuring out which court is competent and which law applies to their property regime, when they marry or when their marriage or partnership comes to an end because of death or divorce. In Europe, there are around 16 million international couples, and at least 650,000 of them face these questions every year.

The European Commission adopted two legislative proposals on 16 March 2011 to bring legal clarity to the property rights for married couples and for registered partnership with an international dimension. The two proposed Regulations would help to identify, which court is competent to deal with disputes on the matrimonial property and which law applies to a couple's property regime. The proposed Regulations also provide for rules on recognising and enforcing court decisions concerning couple's property in the Member States. The proposed legislation will complete the existing Union rules applying to cross-border divorce cases.

The Commission is organising, jointly with the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE), a Conference on "Clearer Patrimonial Regimes for International Couples" on 17 October 2011. The event will take place in Charlemagne Building, Brussels, Belgium.

Main points in the programme are the above-mentioned two proposed Regulations on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes and regarding the property consequences of registered partnerships. After the presentation of the proposals, there will be three sessions focused on the applicable law, competent court and on recognition and enforcement in cross-border cases.

The conference is open to all interested persons, in the order of registrations and taking into account the limited space of the meeting room. Event registration is free. N.B. The Commission will not reimburse travel costs of the participants.

For further information and for registrations, please see Link opens in new windowhere.