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Monday, 26 June 2017

Empowering European Families (EEF) is a research project led jointly by Katharina Boele-Woelki (Bucerius Law School and Utrecht University), Wendy Schrama (Utrecht University) and Christiane Wendehorst (University of Vienna). It is co-financed by an action grant under the Justice Programme of the European Union and conducted in cooperation with the European Law Institute (ELI) as well as with the support of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE). The EEF aims at removing obstacles to free movement for couples within the EU and at improving certainty and predictability within a couple's legal relationships by way of

  • Comparative research on the ambit of party autonomy in family and succession law,
  • Development of a set of information sheets and model templates to facilitate the use of party autonomy, and
  • A strategy for awareness-raising among couples in the EU and their legal advisers. 

In recognition of his work on marital agreements and party autonomy, Scherpe was invited to comment on the drafts model agreements templates for marital agreements produced by workstream 2 of the research project, particularly the proposed texts on matrimonial property/choice of matrimonial property regimes. The idea of these templates is to facilitate the conclusion of marital agreements covering matrimonial property, the family home, pensions and post-marital maintenance by providing not only the templates but also a wealth of comparative information on all European jurisdictions. The workshop took place on 20 June 2017 at the University of Utrecht, and the conclusion of the project is expected at the end of the year.