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Parliamentary questions
18 December 2014
E-011042-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniele Viotti (S&D) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Mercedes Bresso (S&D) , Renata Briano (S&D) , Sergio Gaetano Cofferati (S&D) , Dennis de Jong (GUE/NGL) , Ian Duncan (ECR) , Tanja Fajon (S&D) , Elena Gentile (S&D) , Michela Giuffrida (S&D) , Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D) , Kashetu Kyenge (S&D) , Ulrike Lunacek (Verts/ALE) , Clare Moody (S&D) , Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D) , Alessandra Moretti (S&D) , Massimo Paolucci (S&D) , Pina Picierno (S&D) , Elly Schlein (S&D) , Renato Soru (S&D) , Isabelle Thomas (S&D) , Flavio Zanonato (S&D)

 Subject:  Transcription of same-sex marriages in Italy
 Answer(s) 

On 7 October 2014, the Italian Minister of Internal Affairs, Angelino Alfano, issued a document asking mayors to cancel the transcriptions of same-sex marriages celebrated abroad. Failure to comply would render the marriages null and void. Minister Alfano’s document is not in accordance with the fundamental principles of the EU. It also goes against previous rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

By refusing the transcription of the marriages celebrated abroad, the Italian Government is limiting the right of EU citizens and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Union.

In its resolution of 12 December 2012 on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2010-2011)(1), Parliament asked the Commission to make proposals for the mutual recognition of the effects of all civil status documents across the EU in order to reduce discriminatory legal and administrative barriers for citizens and their families.

What measures will the Commission take to ensure full respect of the right of EU citizens and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States and to reduce discriminatory legal and administrative barriers?

What measures will it take to ensure that these rights are respected in those Member States which do not recognise same-sex marriages?

(1) Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0500.

Last updated: 13 January 2015Legal notice