Final adoption of new rules to cut red tape on citizens' public documents

On 9 June 2016, the European Parliament adopted the regulation, proposed by the Commission, to cut costs and formalities for citizens who need to present a public document in another EU country.

Birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. have been standardized in many EU countries in recent years. Fortunately, the original proposal for this regulation was not accepted, which would have included several more and sensitive documents, such as company register excerpts, land register excerpts and business contracts. These still require certification.

Press release of the European Commission

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