Judgments on divorce and parental responsibility

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Proposal by Commission (COM (1999) 220, 4 May 1999; OJ 1999 C 247 E/1), later amended following EP vote (COM (2000) 151, 17 March 2000; OJ 2000 C 274 E/13)
Legal base Articles 61(c) and 67(1) EC
Background replaces Convention and Protocol (OJ 1998 C 221); would be replaced by broader proposal of May 2002 (see below)
Flexibility UK and Ireland have opted in; Denmark has requested separate intergovernmental agreement
EP committee Gebhardt report approved (A5-0057/99)
EP plenary approved with amendments 17 Nov 1999 (OJ 2000 C 189/91)
Economic and Social Committee opinion issued (OJ 1999 C 368/23)
Council adopted at May 2000 JHA Council: Regulation 1347/2000/EC
Entry into force 1 March 2001 (see Article 46)
Implementation Commission Reg. 1185/2002 (OJ 2002 L 173/3) alters list of national courts


Further reading

  • European Commission: Civil law - parental responsibility
  • Public register of EU Council Documents: parental responsibility/divorce
  • SEMDOC: ‘Brussels II’ Convention on jurisdiction and recognition of judgments concerning divorce and connected decisions on parental responsibility (1988)
  • SEMDOC: Regulation 2201/2003 on parental responsibility

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