February 4th 2010 marked the starting point of the cooperation between France and Germany that could lead to a European Family Code. On this day the Ministers of Justice for France, Michèle Alliot-Marie, and Germany, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, signed an agreement regarding the treatment of assets in marriages. Other EU countries may join this agreement.
Both Ministers of Justice have been outspoken proponents for a European Family Code driven by the vision that a united Europe needs a clear and workable solution for bi-national marriages. If the new instrument is successful, further joint steps may follow and it can become the spark for adjustments in family law in an integrating Europe.
The agreement is available in German and French.