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The first meeting of the Working Group of the ELI Project on Family Law

The ELI Project Empowering European Families kicked off in Vienna today. The project was adopted by the ELI Council last September (CD 2015/8). Since then the Working Group has been set up and started organizing the first steps of the project.

The aim of the project is to create European model dispositions, agreements and information sheets that will reduce the complexity and uncertainty that international couples in the EU are faced with. The project is organized into three Workstreams, which will produce one-stop shop solutions for married couples (Workstream 1), registered partners (Workstream 2) and individuals in informal relationships (Workstream 3).

This interesting project will no doubt simplify life for many of the 16 million international couples in the EU and help European citizens better enjoy their freedom of movement, without unnecessary obstacles.

Today the Group had its first working meeting in Vienna, where they finalized the questionnaire for Workstream 1, concerning Choice of Court, Choice of Law, Submission to Family Mediation. The questionnaire will now be sent to national correspondents all over Europe.

You can find more information about the project here.