The EEF presented at the ERA Conference in Trier


Last week the Empowering European Families project team held their last public workshop in Trier at ERA. From the 30th November until the 1st December the Working Group, the Advisory Committee as well as experts in Family and Private International Law presented and discussed the outcomes of two years’ hard and dedicated work.

The first day of the Conference focussed on marriages and registered partnerships - three sets of model agreements for either status as well as a checklist for legal advisers on the usage of these agreements were presented and discussed. The second conference day was mainly dedicated to the difficulties cross-border informal relationships are facing. In order to overcome these problems the Working Group has drafted a tool kit for Informal Couple Relationships within the European Union, which was presented to the public.

The experts attending the Conference expressed high appreciation for the results that had been produced, in particular since it would help legal professionals to advice their clients in cross-borders cases. The Conference day was concluded by an expert panel discussion on awareness raising strategies and efficient ways of encouraging the use of party autonomy: “Making the parties conscious of the legal consequences their cross-border relationship might have before a legal dispute arises is a very crucial part of our work” emphasized Christiane Wendehorst, one of the project coordinators.

Having reached its final stage, the EEF team will now have to focus on disseminating the results and making them accessible. The results are expected to be published next year.