Important challenges are already emerging from the first meetings of the new Expert Group on Recognition of parenthood between Member States


The second meeting of the new Expert Group on Recognition of parenthood between Member States took place on 30 June. There were many issues to be discussed on the EG agenda (e.g. Recognition of judgments; Applicable law; European Certificate of Parenthood; Application in time). Therefore, it will be very interesting to read the minutes of the meeting as soon as it is available.

In the first meeting on 11 June, among other things, there was a very interesting discussion on the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) Experts’ Group whose mandate is to “explore the feasibility of advancing work in the area of private international law rules regarding the legal status of children in cross-border situations, including in international surrogacy arrangements (ISAs)”. With regard to feasibility, the Experts’ Group divided its work between a possible draft Convention on legal parentage in general and a possible Protocol on legal parentage established as a result of an ISA specifically. Both instruments would aim at providing predictability, certainty and continuity of legal parentage.

See the minutes of the first meeting here.

The Group was born with the main mission to help the Commission to analyze: (i) the problems faced by families in cross-border situations caused in the absence of Union legislation on the recognition of parenthood between the Member States; (ii) the scope of a possible Union’s legislative instrument on the recognition of parenthood between the Member States; (iii) the existing relevant national, European and international law on parenthood, nationality, free movement and the rights of the child.