Originally posted on 18 Dec 2013

On 17 December 2013, a key European Parliament committee supported proposals by the European Commission to do away with bureaucratic rubber-stamping exercises for citizens and businesses in Europe (IP/13/355).

cutredtapeCurrently, citizens who move to another EU country have to spend time and money demonstrating that their public documents from another Member State (such as birth or marriage certificates) are authentic. This involves the so-called ‘Apostille’ certificate used by public authorities as proof that public documents are genuine. Businesses operating across EU borders in the EU’s Single Market are also affected as they are often required to produce a number of certified public documents in order to prove their legal status when operating cross-border.

On 17 December the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) voted by 23 in favour to 1 against to endorse the Commission’s proposal to scrap the Apostille stamp and a further series of arcane administrative requirements Member States still require for certifying public documents for people living and working in other Member States.

Read the full article at Bizezia News here.

Martin Pollins
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