On July 6th, 2016 Regulation (EU) No. 1191/2016 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Promoting the Free Movement of Citizens by Simplifying the Requirements for Presenting Certain Public Documents in the European Union and Amending Regulation (EU) No. 1024/2012 /the Regulation/ was adopted.
The Regulation provides a system for exemption from legalisation or similar formality and for simplification of other formalities in relation to certain public documents which are issued by the authorities of a Member State and which have to be presented to the authorities of another Member State.
The Regulation also provides for multilingual standard forms in order to be used as a translation aid attached to public documents, concerning birth, a person being alive, death, marriage and others.
Pursuant to Art. 4 of the Regulation public documents covered by the Regulation and their certified copies shall be exempted from legalisation and similar formality.
Public documents for the purposes of the Regulation shall mean: documents emanating from an authority or an official connected with the courts or tribunals of a Member State, including those emanating from a public prosecutor, a clerk of a court or a judicial officer, administrative documents, notarial acts, etc.
The Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 200 on July 26th, 2016 and shall enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication.