A commission justice spokesperson said it was "too soon" to look at what power base the commission would use to justify taking action in this area which belongs in member states' domain.
The MEP report suggests an article in the current treaty on "promoting the compatibility of the rules...concerning the conflict of laws and of jurisdiction" would be a good basis.
It is not the first time the EU is moving into controversial law areas. It recently proposed simplifying the rules for divorcing couples from different member states.
November 16, 2006
After divorce ... wills
MEPs have called on the European Commission to draw up rules to tackle disputes over wills and testaments involving estates in other countries, reports euobserver.