MEPs have approved final amends to legislation surrounding the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance.
This multinational treaty will now come into force across the European Union, other than in Denmark and the UK, allowing member states to enforce legal decisions regarding child support and maintenance payments in other participating countries.
The Convention initially came into force on January 1 this year, between Albania and Norway.
Neither Albania or Norway are members of the EU.
Spanish MEP Antonio López-Istúriz White helped to guide the final amendments through the European Parliament. He said:
“In the EU 13 per cent of couples include someone from a country outside the EU. Thousands of European citizens that do not have the right to child maintenance can now ask for that. This new law also creates a central European authority, which will gather all the claims from all the citizens around the European Union and ask governments of [involved] countries about those particular claims.”
“I call on Denmark specifically and the United Kingdom to join the Convention as soon as possible so we can have an agreement for the whole of Europe.”
Denmark and the UK did not ratify the Protocol on the Law Applicable to Maintenance Obligations in 2007.
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