Non Legislative, European Commission, Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission will adopt a proposal for a Regulation on simplifying administrative formalities of certain public documents in the EU. This proposal aims to do away with certain administrative requirements currently needed to authenticate public documents, so that they can be presented to national authorities everywhere in the EU without having to waste any time and money.
Today, around 12 million EU citizens live in a Member State other than their own. In some countries, citizens have to go through specific additional administrative procedures and have to pay a fee to get their documents certified as authentic. Businesses operating across EU borders in the EU’s Single Market are also affected.
The European Commission is working hard to remove obstacles frustrating citizens. The EU Citizenship Report 2010 outlined 25 concrete actions to tear down remaining barriers EU citizens face when exercising their right to free movement in the EU. This proposal is one of the key initiatives of the European Year of Citizens 2013 and provides concrete contribution to the policy of Justice for Growth.
Vice-President Reding will make a statement at the beginning of the Midday briefing, Berlaymont press room in Brussels.
An IP and a MEMO will be available on the day.