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Published on June 1st, 2018 | by Olga Papadopoulou


CJEU C-335/17, Reg. 2201/2003-Rights of access of grandparents


Neli Valcheva v Georgios Babanarakis

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT (First Chamber), 31 May 2018 (*)

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Judicial cooperation in civil matters — Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 — Scope — Concept of ‘rights of access’ — Article 1(2)(a) and Article 2.7 and 2.10 — Rights of access of grandparents)

 In those circumstances, the Varhoven kasatsionen sad (Supreme Court of Cassation, Bulgaria) decided to stay the proceedings and to refer the following question to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling:

‘Is the concept of “rights of access” used in Article 1(2)(a) and Article 2.10 of Regulation No 2201/2003 to be interpreted as encompassing not only access between the parents and the child but also the child’s access to relatives other than the parents, that is to say the grandparents?’

On those grounds, the Court (First Chamber) hereby rules:

The concept of ‘rights of access’ referred to in Article 1(2)(a) and in Article 2.7 and 2.10 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000, must be interpreted as including rights of access of grandparents to their grandchildren.

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