New regulation simplifies the recognition of public documents

Regulation (EU) 2016/191, published on July 26, 2016, aims to promote the free movement of citizens by simplifying the requirements for submitting certain public documents issued in one EU country for another. 
The Regulation covers public documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, residence and nationality certificates and certificates of absence if no criminal record has been issued in EU countries. The Regulation was implemented on August 15, 2016. EU countries have two years and a half from that date to adopt all necessary measures. This will allow for the smooth application of the Regulation at the end of this period.
Please note the following:
1. According to the proposal, the public documents covered by the Regulation will no longer require an apostille stamp to prove their authenticity. 
2. The EU country where the document is submitted cannot require a translation if the document is in one of the official languages of the EU country – or in another non-official language that the EU country can accept. The Regulation introduces multilingual standard forms, issued in all EU languages, which can be used as translation aids and will exempt the document from translation.
3. Enhanced protections based on an existing IT system will be in place to prevent fraud.
4. Apostille will no longer be required for documents concerning: birth, a person being alive, death, a name change, marriage, divorce, legal separation or marriage annulment, registered partnership, dissolution/legal separation/annulment of a registered partnership, parenthood, adoption, domicile and/or residence, nationality, absence of a criminal record and the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal elections/elections to the European Parliament. 
5. Multilingual forms will be issued for documents concerning birth, a person being alive, death, marriage, registered partnership, domicile and/or residence and the absence of a criminal record. 
This summary was prepared using information obtained from EUR-Lex.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak: