During the annual General Affairs and Policy meeting of the Hague Conference, the European Union signed the 2007 Child Support Convention and announced that it will become party to the Convention, binding all EU member states, in 2012.  At the same meeting, Andorra deposited its instruments of ratification for the Child Abduction Convention, becoming the 85th Contracting State. The news is posted here.

Also during this meeting, the General Affairs Council directed the Permanent Bureau to “intensify its work on the broad range of issues arising from international surrogacy arrangements,” and specifically” to gather information on the practical legal needs in the area, comparative developments in domestic and private international law, and the prospects of achieving consensus on a global approach to addressing international surrogacy issues.” See this announcement.