ELI Project Kick-Off Webinar: Foreseeable Amendments to the European Commission Proposal on the Recognition of Foreign Filiations


A kick-off webinar, aimed at presenting the above project, will be held on 2 October 2023 from 13:00–14:30 CEST.

Register here.

In July 2023, the ELI Council adopted the ELI project on Foreseeable Amendments to the European Commission Proposal on the Recognition of Foreign Filiations. which aims at proposing amendments to the above proposal, tabled by the Commission on 7 December 2022.

The proposal for a Council Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition of decisions and acceptance of authentic instruments in matters of parenthood and on the creation of a European Certificate of Parenthood is a consequence of Commission President von der Leyen’s pledge to ensure that ‘if you are a parent in one country, you are parent in every country’.

The ELI Project Team will scrutinise the rules of the proposed Regulation from four specific perspectives: children’s, LGBTI persons’ and women’s fundamental rights, and the underlying EU primary law, especially concerning the free movement of citizens. Based on its analysis, the Project Team will develop a Position Paper, in which provisions of the Commission’s Proposal will be scrutinised and alternative formulations proposed. Those will be supplemented with explanations and comments where necessary. The Team will also elaborate Model Rules in the form of desirable amendments to the future EU Regulation.

At the Kick-Off Webinar, the Reporters of the ELI project will outline their project and the context out of which it arose. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Pascal Pichonnaz (ELI President; Professor, University of Fribourg)
  • Susanne Gössl (Professor, University of Bonn, Project Reporter)
  • Ilaria Pretelli (Senior Research Fellow, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Project Reporter)
  • Maria Vilar Badia (European Commission, DG JUST, Unit A1 Civil Justice)