Conference on “Clearer patrimonial regimes for international couples”



Every day the Notaries of Europe observe that more and more citizens live, study, marry, divorce and die in a Member State that is not their own. The European Commission suggests that about 16 million international couples are affected, representing at least 650 000 couples every year. It also estimates that the value of property at stake every year amounts to approximately 400 million euros.

These changes are not without legal complications and they expose international couples and third parties to uncertainties about their property relationships. In order to bring more legal clarity, the Commission has published two separate Regulations: one implementing the rules for married couples (‘matrimonial property’) and the other for registered partnerships (‘patrimonial property’).

These two proposals will be the focus of discussions during a conference organised jointly by the CNUE and the European Commission in Brussels on 17 October 2011. Ms Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, will participate in the opening session. Ms Alexandra Thein, a German MEP and rapporteur on the subject at the European Parliament, will take part in the discussions, accompanied by eminent academics, legal practitioners and political representatives from the national and European institutions.

They will discuss questions such as: Which law applies? Who will be able to make a choice? Where are the boundaries of the ordre public? In cases of disputes – who is the competent authority? What are the differences between marriage and registered partnerships? How will citizens be informed of their rights?

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