Summary title: Petition No 0657/2020 by Catalina Pallàs Picó (Spanish), on behalf of the Association of LGBTI Families of Catalonia, on the right of free movement for LGBTI families in the EU
Petition number: 0657/2020
Topics: Fundamental Rights
Country: European Union
Name of association: FLG-Associació de Famílies LGTBI
Name: Catalina Pallàs Picó
The petitioner believes that LGBT families do not have the right to free movement within the EU. She considers that Spanish LGBT families, whose family ties are established in law, would not be recognised as such if they were to move to another EU Member State without national laws recognising LGBT persons and their children. The refusal of a host Member State to legally recognise the family ties of an LGBT family could restrict freedom of movement in two ways: denial of family reunification rights and denial of a series of rights (such as social and tax benefits), to which the family would have been entitled if the legal ties between its members had been recognised. She calls for LGBT families to be ensured fair treatment and for their rights to be guaranteed even in Member States that do not have national laws in place covering LGBT families.