Fact Check: Romania NOT Asked To Legalize Same-Sex Adoption By EU Commission Proposal

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Fact Check: Romania NOT Asked To Legalize Same-Sex Adoption By EU Commission Proposal No Such Effect

Does a proposal from the European Commission for a council regulation, known as COM/2022/0695, request that Romania legalize same-sex adoption? No, that's not true: The proposal aims to strengthen the legal recognition of parenthood between EU member states, including for children with same-sex parents, but does not affect the member states' rules and laws on adoption, family definition and the establishment of parenthood in domestic situations.

The claim originated from a video (archived here), published on TikTok on May 30, 2023, under the title (translated to English): "The EU asks for the legalization of gay marriages and adoptions in LGBT couples!"

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Wed May 31 13:22:25 2023 UTC)

Issued in December 2022 and debated recently in Romania's Senate, the European Commission's COM/2022/0695 proposal for a council regulation "on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition of decisions and acceptance of authentic instruments in matters of parenthood and on the creation of a European Certificate of Parenthood" aims to ensure the recognition of parenthood between EU member states for purposes additional to some that are already subject to cross-border recognition.

Right now, according to this proposal, children can "lose their succession or maintenance rights in another member state, or their right to have any one of their parents act as their legal representative in another member state on matters such as medical treatments or schooling".

To facilitate the recognition in a member state of the parenthood established in another member state, the document (also available in Romanian) proposes the adoption of EU rules on international jurisdiction on parenthood (to determine which member state's courts are competent to deal with parenthood matters, including establishing parenthood, in cross-border situations) and on applicable law (designating the national law that should apply to parenthood matters in cross-border situations), as well as the creation of a European Certificate of Parenthood that children (or their legal representatives) could use to provide evidence of their parenthood in another member state.

The scope of the proposal includes the recognition of the parenthood of children with same-sex parents. However, the proposal states clearly, in various instances, that it does not affect the competence of the member states to adopt substantive rules of family law, such as rules on the definition of family or rules on the establishment of parenthood in domestic situations, and that it doesn't affect the member states' rules on the recognition of marriages or registered partnerships concluded abroad. It focuses solely on the recognition of parenthood between EU member states.


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