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EU member states fail to agree on common divorce rules
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10:25, June 07, 2008

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European Union (EU) member states on Friday failed to reach agreement on setting out common rules for divorce between couples of different EU nationalities.

Slovenia, which holds the EU presidency, presented proposals for a regulation at a justice ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Friday. But no agreement was reached.

"The objectives of the regulation cannot be met for the time being. So the council (of justice ministers) invited all the delegations to try and reach a compromise in the future," said Slovenian Justice Minister Lovro Sturm.

Further discussions will be held in the second half of the year when France takes on the EU presidency.

Under the proposed regulation, which is aimed to simplify divorce rules, couples of different nationalities in case of divorce can choose the competent court and applicable law. If they fail to reach agreement, their case will be automatically referred to a court in the country of their current residence.

Currently, one in every five divorces in the EU involve couples of different nationalities.

Source: Xinhua

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