Empowering European Families

Empowering European Families (EEF) is a research project led jointly by Katharina Boele-Woelki (Bucerius Law School and Utrecht University), Wendy Schrama (Utrecht University) and Christiane Wendehorst (University of Vienna). It is co-financed by an action grant under the Justice Programme of the European Union and conducted in cooperation with the European Law Institute (ELI) as well as with the support of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE).

For want of a uniform European regime in the field of marriage and partnership law couples in the EU are still facing a number of problems when one or both partners live in a country other than their country of origin, when changing the country of their habitual residence, or when buying or selling property abroad. To a certain extent, the existing problems could be overcome by way of early choice of court and choice of law, and by agreeing in advance on important economic issues pertaining to a couple’s legal relationship. EEF aims at removing obstacles to free movement for couples within the EU and at improving certainty and predictability within a couple's legal relationships by way of

  • Comparative research on the ambit of party autonomy in family and succession law,
  • Development of a set of information sheets and model templates to facilitate the use of party autonomy, and
  • A strategy for awareness-raising among couples in the EU and their legal advisers. 

 

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27.01.2017
 

The 2nd Working Group Meeting of Workstream 2 was successfully concluded in Vienna last weekend.

20.12.2016
 

The 1st Working Group meeting of Workstream 3 was successfully concluded

The experts of the Working Group met in Utrecht to proceed with their work on the Empowering European Families project, which will be reaching its...

16.11.2016
 

From 6 - 8 November, the Working Group of Workstream 1 met for the last time in Utrecht. The aim of the meeting was to finalise the draft information...

26.09.2016
 

„Empowering European Families” presented at the 2016 Rethinkin seminar in Utrecht

Not only in Italy, but also in the Netherlands the Empowering European Project has been recently presented, in Utrecht at the 2016 Rethinkin Seminar....

26.09.2016
 

The EEF project was presented and discussed within a panel of experts at the ELI's annual conference, which was held from 7 to 9 September 2016 in...

05.09.2016
 

The 4th Working Group meeting of Workstream 1 will take place in Utrecht from 6th-8th November

In November the Empowering European Families Working Group is about to meet again. This meeting will be the last one of Workstream 1, which is mainly...

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