EP to demand an EU ban on early and forced marriages 

MEPs are set to demand a ban on early and forced marriage and for the minimum age for marriage to be set at 18 years across the EU.

The initiative, from the Foreign Affairs Committee, will require all member states to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 years. Some member states (except Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden) still allow marriage at 16 years of age, with parental consent, while in Scotland, where 16 is the age of majority, a minor can get married at 16.

MEPs are likely to recommend that member states should align their legislation on how they treat all non-EU nationals living in the EU.

Procedure: Non legislative resolution


Debate: Monday 2 July

Vote: Wednesday 4 July