Cross-border recognition of familial ties within the European Union

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19th April 2022 from 9.30-11.00 CET


Cross-border recognition of familial ties within the European Union


Björn Sieverding. Father of two and NELFA Board member. LSVD, Germany


Rainbow families within the EU still face many problems when they attempt to exercise their free movement rights. Same-sex couples cease to exist when crossing a border, children lose their legal ties to (at least one of) their parents. More and more cases show the urgent need to change the situation.

The European Commission is working on a legislative proposal on recognition of parenthood across EU borders.

This webinar will present the results of a study conducted on this topic in 2021, giving more evidence of the existing obstacles and offering a range of recommendations to the EU institutions and Member States on why and how they could push for a better cross-border recognition of rainbow families.

More information

NELFA website
Study: Obstacles to the Free Movement of Rainbow Families in the EU


Download the presentation slides of this webinar here.



After a great year 2021 connecting with the COFACE Family Lab community through regular breakfast byte webinars looking at different types of supports to families (a support service, a campaign, a policy, a project, and more) we launched a new breakfast byte series again in 2022.

It again focuses on diverse types of family supports across the EU, including campaigns on inclusive education, cross-border recognition of familial ties, family leadership for an inclusive life, employment supports to adults with disabilities, tips for child safety in the home, training of non-formal education staff for working with children with and without special needs, building energy systems which put families before profits and more.

With these breakfast bytes, we aim to increase critical thinking and understanding of family support systems. The target group of the webinars is especially professionals working with families and children but is open to all (researchers, policy-makers, teachers, health workers, families, and more). It is more important than ever to connect professionals through transnational exchanges in order to tackle the social impacts of COVID-19 on families and children.

Did you miss our breakfast Bytes series or you would like to re-watch it? You can find it on COFACE TV, our Youtube channel.

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