No more costly and bureaucratic rubber-stamping for public documents
Brussels, 24 April 2013 - Today the European Commission is proposing to slash red tape for citizens and businesses by doing away with bureaucratic rubber-stamping exercises currently required to get public documents like your birth certificate recognised as authentic in another EU Member State. Currently, citizens who move to another Member State have to spend a lot of time and money in order to demonstrate that their public documents (such as birth or marriage certificates) issued by their Member State of origin are authentic.
This involves the so-called 'Apostille' certificate which is used by public authorities in other states as proof that public documents, or the signatures of national officials on documents, are genuine. Businesses operating across EU borders in the EU’s Single Market are also affected.
- Press release: No more costly and bureaucratic stamps for public documents – European Commission acts to slash red tape in all Member States
- Statement Vice President Reding: Cutting red tape for citizens and businesses
- Memo: Frequently Asked Questions: European Commission acts to slash red tape in all Member States
- COM(2013) 228: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on promoting the free movement of citizens and businesses by simplifying the acceptance of certain public documents in the european Union and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012
- Impact Assessment SWD(2013) 144)