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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(637 kB)

Austriapdf(75 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Belgiumpdf(144 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bulgariapdf(62 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Finlandpdf(74 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Francepdf(68 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Germanypdf(233 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Hungarypdf(74 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Irelandpdf(53 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Italypdf(179 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Polandpdf(400 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Romaniapdf(89 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Sloveniapdf(51 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
UKpdf(240 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Public authorities

Austria
Geschäftsbereich Recht Verfassungsdienst und EU-Angelegenheitenpdf(98 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Amt der Wiener Landesregierung, Land Wien)
Federal Ministry of Justicepdf(34 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Bundesministerium für Justiz)
Bundesministerium für Europäische und Internationale Angelegenheitenpdf(112 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bundesministerium für Innerespdf(301 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BMI, Federal Ministry of the Interior)

Belgium
Service Public Fédéral Justicepdf(155 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (Ministry of Justice of Belgium)

Czech Republic
Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republicpdf(225 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Denmark
Ministry of Justicepdf(547 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Estonia
Ministry of Justicepdf(25 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Finland
Ministry of Justicepdf(397 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

France
Ministry of Justicepdf(378 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Germany
Federal Ministry of Justicepdf(134 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Bundesratpdf(748 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Hungary
Governmentpdf(142 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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

Lithuania
Ministry of Justicepdf(119 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Netherland
Ministry of Justicepdf(122 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Ministerie Van Onderwijs, Cultuur and Wetenschappdf(56 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(102 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Slovenia
Ministry of Justicepdf(209 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Sweden
Ministry of Justicepdf(118 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Parliamentpdf(116 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Switzerland
Département fédéral de la justice et policepdf(285 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

UK
House of Lordspdf(116 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Organisations

International:

Alliance Defense Fundpdf(249 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ADF)
Alliance pour un Nouveau Féminisme européenpdf(129 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ANFE)
CARE for Europepdf(79 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CARE)
Comité Protestant évangélique pour la Dignité Humainepdf(89 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CPDH)
Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Communitypdf(109 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (COMECE)
Commission Internationale de l’État Civilpdf(104 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CIEC)
Councils of Bar and Law associations of Europepdf(232 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CCBE)
Council of the Notariats of the European Unionpdf(327 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CNUE)
European Association of Craft, Small and Medium sized Enterprisespdf(250 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (UEAPME)
European Association for Free Thoughtpdf(33 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EAFT/ AEPL)
European Dignity Watchpdf(829 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EDW)
European Humanist Federationpdf(133 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EHF)
European Land Registry Associationpdf(246 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ELRA)
European Network of Communitiespdf(104 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ENC)
Europäischer Verband der Standesbeamtinnen und Standesbeamten e.V.pdf(956 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (EVS, European Association of Registrars)
Family Watch- Instituto Internacional de Estudios sobre la Familiapdf(352 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Fédération des associations familiales catholiques en Europepdf(224 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FAFCE)
Fédération Pro Europa Christianapdf(480 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FPEC)
Hague Conference on Private international Lawpdf(100 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (HCCH)
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association of Europepdf(9 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ILGA)
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organizationpdf(93 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IGLYO)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitionerspdf(293 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (STEP)
World Youth Alliancepdf(101 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (WYA)

National:

Austria
Katholischer Laienrat Österreichspdf(337 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (KLRÖ)
Österreichischer Rechtsanwaltskammertagpdf(46 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (ORAK)
Paneuropabewegung Österreichpdf(55 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Wirtschaftskammer Österreichpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (WKO)

Germany
German Federal Barpdf(98 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BRAK)
Deutscher Anwalt Vereinpdf(194 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DAV)
Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschlandpdf(25 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (LSVD)
Kommissariat der deutschen Bischöfe - Katholisches Büro in Berlinpdf(401 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (KDB)
Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bundpdf(114 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DRV)
Deutscher Rat für Internationales Privatrechtpdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RAT)
Deutscher Notarvereinpdf(768 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (DNotV)
Bundesverband der deutschen Standesbeamtinnen und Standesbeamten e.V.pdf(5 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  (BDS, Association of German Registrars)

Spain
Llabrés & García Abogadospdf(119 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles de Españapdf(158 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CORPME)
Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevillapdf(212 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (UPO)
Universidad de Valenciapdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Finland
Magistraten i Vasapdf(169 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

France
Conseil Supérieur du Notariatpdf(141 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (CSN)
Groupe Monassierpdf(107 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Association Avenir de la Culturepdf(204 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Prof. Lagarde, ancien Secrétaire général de la Commission internationale de l'état civilpdf(115 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Institut Maçonnique Européen de la Grande Loge Féminine de Francepdf(704 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IME GLFF)

Italy
Ambrosio & Commodo Studio Legale Associatopdf(68 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Associazione Radicale Certi Dirittipdf(134 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RCD)
Unione Giuristi Cattolici Italianipdf(134 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 
Rete Lenford - Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTpdf(90 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(90 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (NFPA)

Netherlands
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Burgerzakenpdf(122 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (NVVB, Dutch Association for Citizens' Affairs)

Poland
Campaign against Homophobiapdf(52 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

Portugal
Instituto dos Registos e do Notariadopdf(56 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (IRN)

Romania
Alliance of Romania's Familiespdf(391 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (AFR)

UK
Law Society of Scotlandpdf(106 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (LSS)
Notaries Society of England and Walespdf(189 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (TNS)
Family Education Trustpdf(89 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (FET)
Registers of Scotlandpdf(114 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (RoS)

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