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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:48 pm 
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ICELAND - reply from the ministry of justice - not recognised

"in your e-mail to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights you ask if the Ministry regards the British Civil partnership Act as the equivalent of the Icelandic registered partnership and state that the Civil partnership Act 2004 regards the registered partnership of Iceland to be the same as the British act. Then you quote Art. 2 of the Icelandic Act on Registered Partnership No. 87/1996.

Administrative provisions in Art. 2 in the Icelandic law on registered partnership are regulations issued by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice has issued one regulation based on Art. 2, i.e. Regulation No. 681/2004 where nationals of Finland and the Netherlands shall enjoy the same rights as Icelandic nationals in Art. 2, subparagraph 2, a. The Minister of Justice has not issued a regulation on the same rights of UK nationals.

That means that to be able to enter into registered partnership in Iceland you will have to fulfil the legal requirements of the Act on Registered Partnership. According to Art. 2, registered partnership can only be registered if both or at least one of the individuals concerned is an Icelandic national or both individuals concerned have residied in Iceland for the two years preceding the registration. "

AUSTRIA - ministry of justice
Under the assumption, that you and your partner were British citizens already at the
time when you established the partnership and that the partnership is valid under
British law, it is also valid under Austrian law.
If you and your partner transfer your habitual residence to Austria, the Austrian law
on the registered partnership will apply (from that point of time on) to the personal
effects of your partnership. This means that inter alia possible mutual claims for
maintenance are governed by Austrian law.


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:04 am 
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For info

I told the Icelandic minister of justice that the Icelandic CP was recognised in the UK and the correspondent now comes back with a different response to her previous one - we are now recognised ??????

“if you are already in a civil partnership (same sex partership) in UK and you live in Iceland with your partner, and have a a permit to stay in Iceland or an Icelandic citizenship and want to register your civil partnership at the National Registry in Iceland, you will have to go to the National Registry with your certificate on civil partnership.

If you want to enter into registered partnership in Iceland, the same as getting married in Iceland, you will have to fulfill the legal requirements on the Act on Registered Partnership as described below.

In the same way, if an Icelandic couple, living in Iceland, wants to enter into Civil Partnership in UK (same sex) or getting married in UK (different sex), and have no connection to UK, there are legal requirements they will have to fulfill.

Regarding the list below in your e-mail, and as I read in the British Civil Partnership, there has been a misspelling on the Icelandic Act on Registered Partnership. It is called staðfest samvist in Icelandic, in stead of staðfesta samvist. The Icelandic title on the law is Lög um staðfesta samvist. The later "a" in staðfesta is because of Icelandic grammar. The English title is registered partnership.”


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:13 pm 
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For info – may be of interest

http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/bryant/e ... ing_on_the

Chris Bryant
Minister for Europe

FRIDAY 05 MARCH, 2010
LGBT rights - carrying on the debate
The issue of civil partnerships and how, or if they’re recognised across Europe is a complex one. I know this from those of you who have commented on my blog posts, and those who asked questions at an event the FCO hosted jointly with Stonewall last week. I’d like to widen the discussion on this important human rights issue. So please watch the video below, and if you have any questions or suggestions, make sure you submit them. I'll be answering the best ones soon.



Posted at 16:11 05 March 2010 by Chris Bryant | Comments[0]


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:53 pm 
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Spain EmbassyThe British civil partnership is equivalent to a civil marriage in Spain. I strongly advise you to legalise your partnership certificate and officialy translate into Spanish

Slovenia - ministry of labour, family and social servicesThe Registration of Same-Sex Civil Partnerships Act, presently in force in the Republic of Slovenia and published in Official Gazette RS, no 65/05 of 8 July 2005, lays down the procedure and conditions for registering a same-sex civil partnership, the legal consequences of registration, the method of its termination and relationships between partners after the termination of a registered same-sex civil partnership.

On the basis of a same-sex partnership registration, both partners have the right to maintenance, the right to obtain jointly owned property, the right to regulation of property relations within a civil partnership, the right of occupancy, the right to inheritance and the right to obtain information on the health condition of the sick partner and to visit him/her in healthcare institutions.

Pursuant to the aforementioned act, same-sex partners who have registered their same-sex partnership in the Republic of Slovenia acquire certain rights and obligations under this act.

As you state in your letter, your civil partnership was registered in Great Britain. Pursuant to the Private International Law and Procedure Act (Official Gazette RS, No 56/99), a foreign court decision is treated as equivalent to a decision by court of the Republic of Slovenia and has the equivalent legal effect as a domestic court decision only after its validity has been recognized by a competent court in Slovenia. An applicant who files a request for recognition of a foreign court ruling must enclose with the application the foreign court ruling or its certified transcript and a certificate issued by a foreign court or by some other competent authority confirming the finality of the concerned decision under the law of the state in which it was issued. Where a foreign court decision or a certified transcript is not written in a language officially used by the concerned court, the applicant requesting recognition must provide a certified translation of the foreign court decision in the language used officially by that court.

In these circumstances, you are entitled to file a request for recognition of the registration of your civil partnership with the competent court in the Republic of Slovenia.


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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SWEDEN Ministry of Justice - "As of 1 May 2009, new rules concerning marriage applies in Sweden. A person's sex no longer has any bearing on the possibility of entering into marriage. The Swedish Marriage Code and other statutes involving spouses have been made gender-neutral and the Swedish Registered Partnership Act has been repealed. This means that it is not possible to register a new partnership in Sweden. A partnership that is already registered will, however, continue to be a partnership until the partnership is terminated or converted into a marriage.

In general, the following can be said about Swedish rules on mutual recognition of registered partnerships. According to the repealed Registered Partnership Act, the Swedish Act on International Legal Relations Concerning Marriage and Guardianship (1904:26 s. 1) applies in question of inter alia mutual recognition. In principle a registered partnership which has been registered according to foreign law is valid (recognised) in Sweden if the registered partnership is valid in the country where the partnership was registered.

The Swedish Tax Agency (telephone number +46 771 567 567) can probably give you further details on the issue as the Swedish Tax Agency has experience of recognising foreign registered partnerships when a person's civil status is to be included in the population register. "


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Finland - European comm rep in Finland
"The Registered Partnership Act (unfortunately only in Finnish: http://www.finlex.fi/fi/laki/ajantasa/2002/20020141) was amended in 2007 and now includes the U.K among the countries where the legislation is regarded as equivalent of the Finnish law. Thus, "registered partnership between members of the same sex is valid in Finland if it is valid in the country where the registration took place" (quote from the unofficial translation of the act on the website of LGBT rights organisation Seta: http://www.seta.fi/fi/setafi6424.htm). "


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Slovenia - EU Rep
Slovenia has recognized registered partnerships for same-sex couples since July 2006. The law is quite limited and gives same-sex partners access to one another's pensions and property. It does not grant any rights in the area of social security (social and health insurance, pension rights) and it does not confer the status of a next-of-kin to the partners.
In July 2009 the Slovenian government announced its intention to legalise same-sex marriage. It has since presented a bill which would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The bill was approved by parliament in the first reading on March 3, 2010. However it is not yet law.
Under EU law, specifically Article 18 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, there is a requirement only to treat non-nationals no less favourably than nationals. In your case, Slovenian civil partners are treated the same as you. There is no discrimination under EU law here


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Germany - ministry of justice - my German isn't that good but I think this is saying we would be recognised - any help on translation
Auch in Deutschland werden Sie im Falle eines Umzuges nicht als ledig angesehen, sondern nach wie vor als Partner einer Civil Partnership. Nach dem deutschen Recht bestimmen sich die Wirkungen einer auslandischen eingetragenen Lebenspartnerschaft nach dem Recht desjenigen Staates, der das Register fuhrt. Ist eine Civil Partnership in Grossbritannien wirksam begrundet und eingetragen worden, so bestehen die Wirkungen, die der Civil Partnership durch das britische Recht zugemessen werden, grundsatzlich auch in Deutschland fort.

Unterschiede bei der Behandlung von Ehe und Lebenspartnerschaft gibt es derzeit insbesondere noch im Bereich des Steuerrecht und der Hinterbliebenenversorgung des offentlichen Dienstes. Der Koalitionsvertrag der Regierungsparteien fur dei laufende Legislaturperiode sieht vor, eine vollstandige Gleichstellung im Offentlichen Dienstrecht des Bundes und im Steuerrecht unter Berucksichtigung der Verfassungsgerichtsrechtsprechung anzugehen

Fur das steurerrecht ist das Bundesministerium der Finanzen zustandig, fur das Dienstrecht des Bundes das Bundesministerium des Inneren


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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gist of the reply from the German ministry of justice is - German government honours the rights of a civil partnership formed in the UK in the same way a UK government would. Principally you would not be regarded as single, but as one half of a partnership.

It continues to point out that currently there are differences in German law between partnerships and marriages in the areas of Tax and state provision for the surviving partner. However, the current government coalition is committed to full parity of marriage and partnership and will enact legislation before the next election, provided the constitutional court agrees.


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Switzerland - ministry of justice - part of document
"Recognition of same-sex partnerships formed abroad
A partnership that has been validly registered abroad will be recognised in Switzerland if it complies with Swiss legal principles.
The partnership will be recorded in the “Infostar” civil status register if one of the partners holds Swiss nationality or is resident in Switzerland. The application for recognition must be filed with the Swiss representation (embassy or consulate) together with the documents on the registered partnership.
The Swiss representation will verify the authenticity of the documents, certify them and then translate them, if necessary, into an official language of Switzerland (in return for a fee). The documents will then be sent to the civil status supervisory authority in the relevant canton. The supervisory authority of the canton of origin will be responsible for Swiss nationals.
The cantonal supervisory authority will decide whether the partnership can be recognised. If the requirements are met, it will authorise the partnership to be recorded in the registers. Based on this decision, the partnership formed abroad may therefore be recorded in the “Infostar” civil status register.
A marriage celebrated abroad between persons of the same sex will be recognised in Switzerland as a registered partnership."


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Germany - EU rep for Germany
1. Right of residence
As concerns the right of residence, I would like to draw you attention to Article 2 No. 2 b) of Directive 2004/38/EC:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex ... 4L0038R(01):EN:HTML
This means that you are regarded as family members in Berlin as regards the right of residence. Germany recognises British civil partnerships as "Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft" which are - as concerns residence- equivalent to marriage.
2. Dscrimination on sex in the field of employment
As concerns the field of employment, Directive 2000/38/EC helps to avoid discrimination:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Lex ... 022:EN:PDF
The European Court of Justice has already published one judgement concerning discrimination on sex by Germany (pension scheme, case "Maruko"):
http://curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/f ... resmax=100
3. Inheritance law
However, there are some fields of law like inheritance tax law, where it is not fully clear if you have the same rights at this moment. However, the Constitutional court in Germany ruled on 7th July 2009 that differences also in tax law shall be abolished. End of March 2010 the Government has announced that it will prepare new regulations that establish equivalence in the fields of tax law. Unfortunately I am not in a position to tell you how long this procedure will last. However, because of the ruling of the highest court in Germany there should be pressure on the Government.


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Portugal - Portuguese ombudsman
As you may be aware, the Parliament has passed recently a bill, allowing same-gender marriages. This bill is now under review of the Constitutional Court and, if no inconstitutionality is found, the President of the Republic may promulgate it during the next few weeks. If it is vetoed, the Parliament may, on a second ballot, force its publication.
Therefore, the questions posed by you would likely receive a simpler answer (ie CPs would be recognised), from the Portuguese competent authorities, if you could wait those few weeks.


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 Post subject: Re: Which countries recognise the British civil partnership
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Czech Rep - ministry of justice.... you have turned to the Ministry of Justice of the CR with a request for the following legal information:

- whether or not a foreign (British) registred partnership is to be recognised by the Czech law and Czech authorities, and

- whether or not registred partnership is to be considered equal to a same Czech registred partnership

In response to your request I inform you that Czech law knows legal institution of registred partnership ("registrované partnerství"). The Registred partnership is a legally recognized union similar to marriage and can be considered as legal equivalent to British legal institution of civil union or partnership (British Civil Partnership Act 2004). However, we do not know duties arising from British civil partnership. Therefore it is hard to say whether these institutions are commensurate. What we can inform you about is that in the Czech republic the matriculation of registred partnership which originated abroad is necessary only under condition that at least one of the partners is Czech citizen and similarly an origination of registred partnership according the Czech law is possible only under condition that at least one of the partners is Czech citizen.

In response to your other question I refer to provision 1 of paragraph 32 of the Act of the Czech Republic No. 97/1963 on international private and procedural law that governs generally legal position of foreigners in the following manner: As far as personal and property rights are concerned, the foreigners shall have the same rights and the same obligations as Czech citizens unless this law or particular provisions stipulate otherwise.

Specifically personal and property relationships of foreign partners are unfortunately not yet explicitly regulated by our law - not on national, nor on EU level.

We can only anticipate that these relationships based within the framework of civil union or registred partnership can be governed on the grounds of the analogy with provision 1 of paragraph 21 of the aforesaid law (No. 97/1963). This provision lays down that personal and property relationships of spouses shall be governed by the law of the state whose citizens they are. So in that case (when both partners are British) the partnership can be considered by Czech judicial and other similar authorities with view of the British law.

But there is one difficulty in such a recognition. The Czech registred parnership is considered to be legal institution of marital status in contrast with many other laws (explanatory report to the Act No. 115/2006), while British civil union is probably considered to be a kind of civil contract.

The other rights relating to areas of tax law, social security, etc. and other claims towards authorities are subjected to the Czech public law and its particular laws. In such cases you would need to prove the existence of your partnership by a relevant British document.


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Luxembourg - new proposal in the Luxembourg law to recognise foreign civil partnerships based on the recent French change to PACS to recognise foreign civil partnerships ie article 515-7-1 of the civl code ??

http://www.chd.lu/wps/PA_1_084AIVIMRA06 ... 087813.pdf


A l’article 4-1, le Gouvernement propose de compléter la loi actuelle d’une disposition permettant
l’inscription au répertoire civil d’un partenariat valablement déclaré ou conclu à l’étranger.
Actuellement les partenariats valablement enregistrés à l’étranger ne peuvent conclure un nouveau
partenariat au Luxembourg, du fait qu’ils ne remplissent pas les conditions prévues à l’article 4 de la
loi et plus précisément la condition fixée à l’article 4 point 2.
Vu qu’avec la mobilité des personnes et la grande diversité des systèmes juridiques existant en la
matière, des personnes s’installant au Luxembourg pour y vivre et travailler doivent faire face aux
inconvénients de cette disparité de législations, le Gouvernement propose de légiférer pour donner à
ces personnes et à leurs enfants une plus grande sécurité juridique.
En effet, le présent projet de loi propose aux partenaires ayant conclu ou enregistré leur partenariat
à l’étranger la faculté de demander auprès du parquet général une inscription de leur partenariat au
répertoire civil. Le parquet général refuse l’inscription du partenariat étranger si les deux parties
ne remplissaient pas à la date de la conclusion du partenariat à l’étranger les conditions prévues à
l’article 4 de la loi de 2004.
Sont visés par cette faculté tous les partenariats étrangers et même ceux conclus avant l’entrée en
vigueur de la loi luxembourgeoise sur le partenariat.
Les modifications proposées à l’article 13 visent essentiellement de clarifier la date à laquelle la
dissolution du partenariat prend effet et de garantir que la publicité de la dissolution soit également
portée sur l’acte de naissance. Les auteurs du présent de projet de loi se sont inspirés de l’article 515-7
du code civil français.
Vu la plus-value escomptée de la formalité de la publicité à la fois pour les personnes concernées
et les tiers, le Gouvernement propose un article 30-1 suivant lequel les déclarations de partenariat faites
avant l’entrée en vigueur du présent projet de loi peuvent également être portées sur l’acte de naissance.
La demande est à adresser à l’officier de l’état civil du lieu d’enregistrement de leur déclaration de
partenariat.


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Luxembourg - correspondence from Felix Braz Luxembourg MP on the non recognition of the British civil partnership in Luxembourg and a call for its recognition24/2/2010

Monsieur le Président,
La loi du 9 juillet 2004 relative aux effets légaux de certains partenariats a instauré une série de dispositions assimilant les partenaires aux conjoints mariés. Cependant les personnes domiciliées à Luxembourg et ayant conclu un partenariat à l’étranger ne peuvent faire valoir ces droits, car ils ne peuvent enregistrer leur partenariat au Luxembourg. Les dispositions actuelles de la loi du 9 juillet 2004 ne permettent l’enregistrement d’un partenariat que si le couple n’est pas lié par un autre partenariat.
Par la présente et conformément aux dispositions du règlement interne de la Chambre des Député-e-s, j’ai l’honneur de vous demander de bien vouloir mettre à l’ordre du jour de la prochaine réunion de la Commission Juridique le point suivant :
Reconnaissance et enregistrement au Luxembourg des partenariats déclarés ou conclus à l’étranger
Je vous prie de bien vouloir inviter Monsieur le Ministre à cette réunion pour qu’il puisse nous renseigner au sujet des aspects concernant l’évolution de ce dossier.


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