|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 200|
Regulation (EU) 2016/1191 - adopted by the European Union in July 2016 - aimed at promoting the free movement of citizens by abolishing a series of requirements related to the use of certain public documents across the European Union.
This Regulation covers public documents including administrative documents, notarial acts, judgements and consular documents in certain areas, which include:
The Regulation aims at reducing red tape and costs for citizens when they present to the authorities of one European Union (EU) country a public document issued by the authorities of another Member State. It abolishes the apostille requirement and simplifies formalities with regard to certified copies and translations. The Regulation covers only the authenticity of the public documents and not the recognition of its contents of effects.
The proposal for this Regulation was published by the European Commission on 24 April 2013, following a consultation held beforehand. The European Parliament adopted a position concerning the draft law on 4 February 2014, followed by the Council of the European Union on 15 June 2015. Following a series of negotiations, an informal agreement between the institutions was reached on 13 October. It was formally endorsed by the Council on 10 March 2016 and by the Parliament on 9 June. The Regulation was published in the Official Journal on 26 July 2016 and entered into force on 16 February 2019.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets, Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Civil Law, Police | Judicial Cooperation|
|Keywords||EU Citizenship, Free Movement of People
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|