On 9 June 2016, 18 Member States reached a general agreement concerning two regulations relating to matrimonial property regimes and the property consequence of registered partnerships. The States that will participate in the enhanced cooperation are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Estonia has already announced its wish to take part in the cooperation.
In order for the texts to be adopted, the European Parliament must now give its opinion, expected during June. There will then be two and a half years before they become applicable.
In a press release (http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu/index.php?pageID=13378), the CNUE had already expressed its support for the implementation of enhanced cooperation for these two regulations, which seek to unify the conflict-of-law rules at European level. For example, for a French-German couple living in Brussels, the provisions in the regulations will enable them to choose in advance the law of their habitual residence (Belgian law) or that of their nationality (French or German law), thus providing more predictability and therefore legal certainty.
Moreover, it recalls that, thanks to the Couples in Europe website (www.couples-europe.eu), EU citizens can information in the language of their choice on the laws relating to matrimonial property regimes and partnerships in all EU countries.