EU towards enhanced cooperation for matrimonial property regimes and partnerships

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The Member States did not reach an agreement at the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting on 3 December 2015 to adopt the proposals for regulations on matrimonial property regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships, in particular because of the opposition from Hungary and Poland.

However, discussions will not stop there and the possibility of enhanced cooperation will probably now be put on the negotiation table in the coming months. The Netherlands, which will hold the next presidency of the Council of the EU from January, has already confirmed that it will move in this direction. In order for enhanced cooperation to be effective, a minimum of nine participating Member States is required.

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) supports the idea of enhanced cooperation for these proposals for regulations, which will usefully complement the implementation of the regulation on international successions, applicable since 17 August 2015.