25 Mar 2011

European Commission proposes property rights for all couples

BRUSSELS, 17 March 2011 — The European Commission has published proposals for the introduction of new EU regulations which would simplify property rights procedures for international couples.

The proposed rules will facilitate legal and administrative procedures in the field of property rights (real estate, banking, other possessions) for all international couples, whether they are married or in a civil partnership.

The proposed legislation comprises of one regulation for marriages, and one regulation for civil partnerships.

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament will now need to examine the two proposals.

Michael Cashman MEP, Co-President of the Intergroup on LGBT Rights, met with the European Commission to ensure that the proposals will not lead to different rights for same-sex or different-sex couples. He commented:
“I welcome Viviane Reding’s proposals, which will make life easier for millions of international couples—including same-sex couples. Parliament and Council must now work on these two texts together, and consider the civil partnership regulation exactly the same as the marriage regulation. Proposing a single text would have sent a better signal, but these two proposals remain inextricably linked.”

Sophie in’t Veld MEP, Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup, added:
“It’s crucial that the European area of freedom, security and justice be up and running as soon as feasible, and these proposals go in the right direction. Council and Parliament must now follow the Commission’s lead by making no difference between same- and different-sex couples, in
full respect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. We will make sure these regulations bring about equality, both in the letter and in the spirit of the law.”

This initiative is part of the 2009-2014 Stockholm Programme for a European Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

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