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BRUSSELS, Belgium The European Community has become a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the global inter-governmental organization which seeks to unify the rules of private international law.
Vice-President Franco Frattini, Commissioner responsible for Freedom, Security and Justice, said: "Our aim is to facilitate E.U. citizens' life setting clear rules as regards jurisdiction of the courts, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments not only within the E.U. territory, but also at international level.
"The accession of the European Community to the Hague Conference will allow for increased consistency as regards private international law, making life easier for those who decide to move and reside abroad," he added.
One of the key objectives of The Hague Conference is to find internationally agreed approaches to issues such as jurisdiction of the courts, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in a wide range of areas, from international civil procedure and commercial law to matters of marriage and personal status and the protection of the family and children.
The work of the conference encompasses more than 120 countries around the world.