Parliamentary question - O-000045/2022Parliamentary question

Legal protection for rainbow families exercising free movement, in particular the Baby Sara case

Question for oral answer  O-000045/2022
to the Commission
Rule 136
Marc Angel (S&D), Terry Reintke (Verts/ALE), Pierre Karleskind (Renew), Malin Björk (The Left), Maria Walsh (PPE), Fabio Massimo Castaldo (NI), Matjaž Nemec (S&D), Olivier Chastel (Renew), Diana Riba i Giner (Verts/ALE), Gabriele Bischoff (S&D), Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Irène Tolleret (Renew), Dietmar Köster (S&D), Frances Fitzgerald (PPE), Karen Melchior (Renew), Sophia in 't Veld (Renew), Marianne Vind (S&D), Karima Delli (Verts/ALE), Hilde Vautmans (Renew), Magdalena Adamowicz (PPE), Sylwia Spurek (Verts/ALE), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Karin Karlsbro (Renew), Vera Tax (S&D), Sandro Gozi (Renew), Malte Gallée (Verts/ALE), René Repasi (S&D), Robert Biedroń (S&D), Radka Maxová (S&D), Giuliano Pisapia (S&D), Aurore Lalucq (S&D), Marisa Matias (The Left), José Gusmão (The Left), Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Verts/ALE), Rosa D'Amato (Verts/ALE), Andreas Schieder (S&D), Catharina Rinzema (Renew), Chris MacManus (The Left), Alice Kuhnke (Verts/ALE), Saskia Bricmont (Verts/ALE), Silvia Modig (The Left), Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE), Michal Šimečka (Renew), Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE)

Procedure : 2022/2954(RSP)
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O-000045/2022 (B9-0031/2022)
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If one Member State recognises a parental relationship, all Member States should (Baby Sara case[1]). Sara is Bulgarian, thus an EU citizen. However, the Bulgarian authorities considered she could not have two mothers and denied her citizenship. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) obliged Bulgaria to issue her an identity card or a passport without requiring a birth certificate beforehand and to recognise the document obtained from the host Member State[2]. On 15 April 2022, the Sofia Administrative Court obliged Sofia Municipality to issue a birth certificate with both mothers’ names, a decision later challenged by the Municipality. Similarly, the CJEU reiterated its reasoning in Case C-2/21[3], where the daughter of two mothers had obtained a birth certificate in Spain. The Polish authorities refused to issue an identity document arguing that transcription would contravene Polish law – despite the fact that the Spanish authorities had lawfully established a parent-child link. Furthermore, Parliament called on the Commission to start infringement procedures against Romania over its failure to implement the Court’s judgement in Case C-673/16[4].

Submitted: 17.10.2022

Lapses: 18.1.2023

Last updated: 24 October 2022
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