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Green Paper on "Less bureaucracy for citizens"

Date: 10/05/2011

Period of consultation

  • Opening date: 14 December 2010
  • Closing date: 10 May 2011

Objective of the consultation

To obtain views from stakeholders and the public on ways to reduce red tape in administrative procedures related to documents for citizens living, working and travelling in other EU countries.

The Green Paper is the first stage in a process to make sure that public documents - such as a contract or deed to a property - circulate without the need for additional procedures, and that the effects of civil status documents - such as a birth certificate - are recognised wherever citizens are in the EU.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

  • Responsible service: Directorate-General Justice
    Unit A1 - Judicial co-operation in civil matters
  • E-mail: JUST-CIVIL-COOP@ec.europa.eu
  • Postal address:European Commission
    Directorate-General Justice
    Unit A1 - Judicial co-operation in civil matters
    B-1049 Brussels

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Citizens

Multiple repliespdf(622 kB)

Austriapdf(73 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Belgiumpdf(140 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bulgariapdf(61 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Finlandpdf(72 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Francepdf(67 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Germanypdf(227 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Hungarypdf(72 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Irelandpdf(52 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Italypdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Polandpdf(391 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Romaniapdf(87 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Sloveniapdf(50 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
UKpdf(235 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Public authorities

Austria
Geschäftsbereich Recht Verfassungsdienst und EU-Angelegenheitenpdf(95 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Amt der Wiener Landesregierung, Land Wien)
Federal Ministry of Justicepdf(33 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Bundesministerium für Justiz)
Bundesministerium für Europäische und Internationale Angelegenheitenpdf(109 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bundesministerium für Innerespdf(294 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BMI, Federal Ministry of the Interior)

Belgium
Service Public Fédéral Justicepdf(152 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Ministry of Justice of Belgium)

Czech Republic
Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republicpdf(220 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Denmark
Ministry of Justicepdf(535 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Estonia
Ministry of Justicepdf(24 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Finland
Ministry of Justicepdf(388 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

France
Ministry of Justicepdf(369 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Germany
Federal Ministry of Justicepdf(130 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bundesratpdf(730 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Hungary
Governmentpdf(138 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Latvia
Governmentpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Lithuania
Ministry of Justicepdf(116 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Netherland
Ministry of Justicepdf(120 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Ministerie Van Onderwijs, Cultuur and Wetenschappdf(54 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Directie Onderwijsservice, afdeling Diploma-erkenning en Legalisatie) Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs

Portugal
Ministry of Justicepdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Romania
Ministry of Administration and the Interiorpdf(99 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Slovenia
Ministry of Justicepdf(204 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Sweden
Ministry of Justicepdf(116 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Parliamentpdf(113 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Switzerland
Département fédéral de la justice et policepdf(278 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

UK
House of Lordspdf(114 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Organisations

International:

Alliance Defense Fundpdf(243 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ADF)
Alliance pour un Nouveau Féminisme européenpdf(126 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ANFE)
CARE for Europepdf(78 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CARE)
Comité Protestant évangélique pour la Dignité Humainepdf(87 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CPDH)
Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Communitypdf(106 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (COMECE)
Commission Internationale de l’État Civilpdf(101 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CIEC)
Councils of Bar and Law associations of Europepdf(227 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CCBE)
Council of the Notariats of the European Unionpdf(319 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CNUE)
European Association of Craft, Small and Medium sized Enterprisespdf(244 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (UEAPME)
European Association for Free Thoughtpdf(32 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EAFT/ AEPL)
European Dignity Watchpdf(810 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EDW)
European Humanist Federationpdf(130 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EHF)
European Land Registry Associationpdf(240 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ELRA)
European Network of Communitiespdf(101 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ENC)
Europäischer Verband der Standesbeamtinnen und Standesbeamten e.V.pdf(934 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EVS, European Association of Registrars)
Family Watch- Instituto Internacional de Estudios sobre la Familiapdf(343 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Fédération des associations familiales catholiques en Europepdf(219 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FAFCE)
Fédération Pro Europa Christianapdf(469 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FPEC)
Hague Conference on Private international Lawpdf(98 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (HCCH)
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association of Europepdf(8 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ILGA)
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organizationpdf(91 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IGLYO)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitionerspdf(286 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (STEP)
World Youth Alliancepdf(99 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (WYA)

National:

Austria
Katholischer Laienrat Österreichspdf(329 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (KLRÖ)
Österreichischer Rechtsanwaltskammertagpdf(45 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ORAK)
Paneuropabewegung Österreichpdf(54 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Wirtschaftskammer Österreichpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (WKO)

Germany
German Federal Barpdf(95 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BRAK)
Deutscher Anwalt Vereinpdf(189 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DAV)
Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschlandpdf(24 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (LSVD)
Kommissariat der deutschen Bischöfe - Katholisches Büro in Berlinpdf(392 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (KDB)
Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bundpdf(111 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DRV)
Deutscher Rat für Internationales Privatrechtpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RAT)
Deutscher Notarvereinpdf(750 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DNotV)
Bundesverband der deutschen Standesbeamtinnen und Standesbeamten e.V.pdf(4 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BDS, Association of German Registrars)

Spain
Llabrés & García Abogadospdf(116 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles de Españapdf(154 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CORPME)
Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevillapdf(207 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (UPO)
Universidad de Valenciapdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Finland
Magistraten i Vasapdf(165 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

France
Conseil Supérieur du Notariatpdf(138 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CSN)
Groupe Monassierpdf(105 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Association Avenir de la Culturepdf(199 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Prof. Lagarde, ancien Secrétaire général de la Commission internationale de l'état civilpdf(112 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Institut Maçonnique Européen de la Grande Loge Féminine de Francepdf(688 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IME GLFF)

Italy
Ambrosio & Commodo Studio Legale Associatopdf(67 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Associazione Radicale Certi Dirittipdf(131 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RCD)
Unione Giuristi Cattolici Italianipdf(131 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Rete Lenford - Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTpdf(88 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Associazione nazionale ufficiali di stato civile e d'anagrafepdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ANUSCA)

Lithuania
National Families' and Parents' Associationpdf(88 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (NFPA)

Netherlands
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Burgerzakenpdf(119 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (NVVB, Dutch Association for Citizens' Affairs)

Poland
Campaign against Homophobiapdf(51 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Portugal
Instituto dos Registos e do Notariadopdf(54 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IRN)

Romania
Alliance of Romania's Familiespdf(382 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (AFR)

UK
Law Society of Scotlandpdf(104 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (LSS)
Notaries Society of England and Walespdf(185 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (TNS)
Family Education Trustpdf(87 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FET)
Registers of Scotlandpdf(112 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RoS)

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