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Launch of the European Platform for Access to Personal and Family Rights (EPAPFR) on 12-13 March 2020 in Lyon, France

An international conference in Lyon, France, will take place on 12 and 13 March 2020, during which the newly established European Platform for Access to Personal and Family Rights (EPAPFR) will be officially launched.

The platform was developed under the EPAPFR project funded by the “Justice” Programme of the European Commission, carried out by seven project partners: the International Social Service-Bulgaria representing the network of International Social Service, Femmes Informations Juridiques Internationales Rhone Alpes, Universite Jean Moulin Lyon III, Universita Degli Studi Di Verona, Universite De Liege, Association pour le droit des etrangers and Deutsches Institut Fur Jugendhilfeund Familienrecht Ev. The main focus of the conference will be topics related to the parental rights, divorce, alimony, international mediation, international child abduction, property regimes after divorce and separation, inheritance and circulation of official documents in the EU. The conference will host a Round table with representatives of the Central Authorities responsible for the implementation of European legislation in the areas that will be discussed, as well as workshops devoted to surrogacy, unaccompanied children, international protection of refugees, kafala and sham marriages.

ISS network will be also there: Meggy Baldzhieva (ISS-Bulgaria) and Sabina Titarenko (ISS GS) will speak about ISS contribution to the institutionalisation of International Family Mediation. Mia Dambach (ISS GS, ISS International Reference Centre) will chair the workshop on surrogacy and Olivier Geissler (ISS children’s rights/migration expert) will chair the workshop on unaccompanied minors. Marie Plášková from the Czech CA and ISS member as well as Liva Upena from the Latvian CA and ISS member will participate in the Round table with the Central Authorities.

The EPAPFR projectaims to help individuals facing difficulties on family matters in Europe (EU) by encouraging coordination and collaboration between legal, medical and social systems on Member States’ territory and setting up an electronic platform (EPAPFR website) that provide access to information on international private family law, inter-country casework as well as organisations that provide services in the field of international private family law (map of service providers).

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