AG Hogan delivered today his opinion in case C‑729/19 (TKF v Department of Justice for Northern Ireland), which is about the Maintenance Regulation.

Context: the case “concerns the recognition and enforcement in the United Kingdom of decisions in matters relating to maintenance obligations given in Poland prior to its accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004 and prior to the date of application, namely 18 June 2011, of Regulation No 4/2009”.

Opinion: “1. The derogation from the temporal application of Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 […], laid down in Article 75(2) of Regulation No 4/2009, is to be interpreted as applying only to decisions which were given by a court in States which were already members of the EU at the time those decisions were given.

2. It is not possible to obtain, on the basis of Article 75 of Regulation No 4/2009 or any other provision of that regulation, the recognition and enforcement of a decision made by a court of a State before its accession to the Union in accordance with the rules laid down in Regulation No 4/2009”.