The event at the EU Parliament was aptly called
It was organised by the amazing Greek MEP Kostadinka Kuneva and Takis Hadjigeorgiou MEP for Cyprus.
Two panels of speakers united a remarkable list of individuals and organisations:
- Dimitrios Papadimoulos MEP for Greece and Vice-President of the EU Parliament spoke from the floor;
- Mrs SAKELLIADOU Zoi, Office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission [12:25 until 28:41]
- Mrs VONKEMAN Andrea, UNHCR Brussels Office
- Mrs NANOU Katerina, EUROCHILD campaign leader
- Mrs POULI Ioanna, UNICEF, Brussels Office
- Mrs McNEILL Sabine Kurjo, Web Publisher of the Association of McKenzie Friends and Petitioner 1707/2013
- Mrs SCHEFFER Elisabeth, Legal expert, Sweden
- Mr NIKOLAIDIS Giorgos, Head of Institute of Child Health, Greece
- Dr STAVRINIDES Panayiotis, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology-University of Cyprus
- Mrs CHRISTIDOU Melpo, Social Worker at THE SMILE OF THE CHILD, Greece.
However, the emphasis was on problems rather than solutions – but then there are far too few people who know about the problems!
The very pleasant surprise was the very well informed contribution by the Policy Analyst of the Child Trafficking Office at the EU Commission. Continue reading “Children Not For Sale – The Black Hole of our Culture @EU #EU @coe @MoJGovUK #Brexit”
Celebrating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the MEPs on this video are:
- Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt from Sweden;
- Caterina Chinnici from Italy;
- Nathalie Griesbeck from France;
- Dr. Miriam Dalli from Malta;
- Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain;
- Julie Ward from the UK;
- Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea from Spain;
- Jana Zitnanska from Slovakia.
This post describes the progression of ‘child awareness’ in the EU Parliament.
1989: The UN CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of the CHILD
On 20 November 1989 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by 140 countries. Since then, 196 countries except the United States are party to it.
However, the gap between the theory of ‘rights’ and the reality of ‘implementation’ is ginormous:
Hence our repeated references to two Council of Europe [Strasbourg not Brussels] reports:
- Human Rights and Family Courts of November 2012;
- Social Services in Europe: legislation and practice of the removal of children from their families in Council of Europe member States of January 2015.
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Former Lib Dem MP John Hemming has played a critical role during his term in Parliament with respect to Children’s Rights.
By way of example:
- he used Parliamentary Privilege to name the mother Vicky Haigh and Doncaster Council:
- the little girl accused her father of abusing her, but ‘the system’ imprisoned her mother and handed custody to the alleged abuser without any contact with her family until she is 18;
- he contributed to many media episodes as the child-snatching issue began to be addressed by mainstream media:
- together with Austin Mitchell MP, he sponsored the launch of our Association of McKenzie Friends.
On 18 April 2016, he spoke about Celebrity Injunctions and mentioned the Zimbabwe case as an example, without naming either the mother or her teenager son:
The Plenary Debate of the EU Parliament on Children’s Rights on 27 April 2016 was addressed at the EU Commission and the EU Council.
Commissioner Vera Jourova responded and promised a revised version of the Brussels II Regulation by June.
Here’s our input:
- the full 7-page letter;
- its conclusion:
After experiences with hundreds of cases and the positive responses by MEPs in general and the PETI and JURI Committees in particular, this is therefore to ask you to concentrate in your revision of Brussels II on: Continue reading “@EU #EU Letter to Commissioner @VeraJourova re Safeguarding the Best Interest of Children across Europe #teamJunckerEU”
Forwarded from the Press Service of the EU Parliament:
Press release – 28-04-2016
Plenary session / Citizens’ rights / Justice and home affairs
Kids’ best interests must come first in cross-border custody cases, urge MEPs
It is children who pay the price when EU member states fail to cooperate and protect children’s best interests in legal proceedings such as cross-border parental custody disputes and adoption decisions, Parliament points out in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs want specialised chambers within EU countries family courts to ensure more swiftly processed transnational cases.
“There is a need for more cooperation in family matters with cross-border aspects. Our aim is not to impose a single vision of how to handle family conflicts or deal with child welfare issues, but to ensure that the freedom of persons within the Union works in practice, also when it is related to family matters”, said Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), chair of the European Parliament’s Petitions Committee, which tabled the resolution after receiving hundreds of petitions on various child-related cases from across the EU.
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MEPs INVESTIGATE CHILD-SNATCHING SCANDAL in UK
13 Petitions lead to a Plenary Debate on Wednesday 27 April 2016, 6 – 7pm UK time
Protecting the best interest of the child (across borders) in Europe is on the agenda of the next Plenary Debate in Brussels on Wednesday 27 April.
The debate stems from the complaint of twelve individual petitioners regarding their children’s loss of mother tongue and their abusive placement with foster carers, as well as from the petition by the Association of McKenzie Friends requesting the Abolition of Adoptions without Parental Consent. The debate will cover Questions with Oral Answer:
- to the EU Council – the Ministers of all 28 Member States;
- and the EU Commission – the administration in the background of elected Parlamentarians;
- as well as a Motion for a Resolution on safeguarding the best interests of the child across the EU on the basis of petitions addressed to the EU Parliament.
With 5,700 signatures online, petition 1707/2013  was first presented in Brussels on 19 March 2014 by a delegation of 30 parents. The trip resulted in this article in The Telegraph:
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