Re Freitag

European Union – Freedom of movement. The Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling in which it decided that art 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be interpreted as precluding the registry office of a member state from refusing to recognise and enter in the civil register the name legally acquired by a national of that member state in another member state, of which he was also a national, and which was the same as his birth name, on the basis of a provision of national law which made the possibility of having such an entry made, by declaration to the registry office, subject to the condition that that name should have been acquired during a period of habitual residence in that other member state, unless there were other provisions of national law which effectively allowed the recognition of that name

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