Council of the EU – Priorities of the future Presidencies

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The priorities of the next Council of the EU presidencies (the Irish, Lithuanian and Greek presidencies) for the next 18 months (January 2013 to June 2014) have now been announced.

The Council’s working paper is available here

In the area of justice, training for professionals working in justice will be a priority for the three presidencies (see point 126 of the document). This is also the case for e-Justice and, therefore, the European Commission’s future legislative proposal in this area (point 127).

With regard to civil law, the three presidencies will focus on family law in particular. The text mentions the finalisation of the work on the Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of matrimonial property regimes and the work towards potentially drafting a Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions regarding the property consequences of registered partnerships.

 They also plan to review the Brussels IIa Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (see point 143 of the document).

Specific attention will also be giving to “the mutual recognition of the effects of certain civil status documents and […] the elimination of the formalities for legalisation of documents between Member States” (point 144).