News EU, 5 June 2023
New Commission proposals on the cross-border protection of adults
The European Commission published on 31 May 2023 a legislative package on the protection of adults. The package contains a proposal for a Council Decision authorising 14 Member States which are not Contracting Parties to the HCCH 2000 Protection of Adults Convention to become parties, as well as a proposal for a Regulation on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of measures and cooperation in matters relating to the protection of adults which seeks more simplification and improved cooperation within the EU.
The proposal for a Regulation is set to facilitate both the determination of the competent courts in the Member States and of the applicable law as well as the recognition and enforcement of protection measures taken in another Member State. The initiative is a step towards greater digitalisation of procedures, in particular through the creation of national registers and their interconnection, something that the CNUE has been advocating for many years. Finally, the introduction of a European certificate will make it easier for representatives to prove their powers and to assert rights in another EU Member State.