Posted on 20. April 2011 in Working with the Community

Send us your experiences by April 27th!

Once more your practical experiences of inequality and discrimination are sought. This time in the context of the right to free movement within the EU.

Have you or somebody you know of experienced problems because of ‘civil status documents’ when (within the EU) crossing borders, traveling abroad, moving to another country, getting gender identity documents or partnership recognized by another EU-country, commuting  into another country for work or study reasons etc.? Namely info is needed for:

  1. Birth certificates – (i) non-recognition of amended birth certificates in another country EU country; (ii) non-issuing of correct birth certificates by the home country to a request coming from the country of residence (to use you as an example, country A not issuing a birth certificate for you in the event that country B, new country of residence, requested it)
  2. ID cards/ Passports – hassels and non-recognition of ID cards and passports in countries of the EU (other than the home country). In this case too, the problem can emerge as a result of unchanged gender markers (by the home country), or non-recognition of the new gender-marker (by the receiving country)
  3. University/diploma Certificates – Non recognition of certificates that still hold the old gender marker (because the home country does not change documents) or non-recognition because the receiving country does not recognise changed certificates
  4. Marriage/paternity/maternity – similar to the above.

Background is the currently ongoing consultation by the European Commission (You can view it here), trying to harmonize civil status documents and their recognition in the EU. The Questions (and explanations) can be found here:

ILGA-Europe compiles a report, where input from this list is very much welcome.  Please send any information or questions directly to and/ or me until April 27th .

Thank you for forwarding this request for info to potentially interested networks.