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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This overview was given by the MEP who has watched petitions come and grow since 2014. Her first case that she mentions was on the Committee’s agenda when I was making my presentation to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent, accompanied by 30 parents.
Although the video is professional broadcast quality, the lighting and setting did not allow us to do better. But at least we tried!
If you sign our petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent, you will get updates. Since EU documents used the title Protect the best interest of the child (across borders), we used it, too.
The Plenary Debate will start on Wednesday aròund 7 or 8 pm & will last more or less one hour.
The EU Commission & the EU Council will answer the questions we addressed to them followed by a debate:
On Thursday the Draft Motion for a Resolution that the Petitions Committee prepared, will be put to a single vote without any other presentation:
The reason for our trip to Brussels was another meeting of the Petitions Committee with petitions relating to child protection on the agenda:
- a Swedish group of 40 lawyers present the problems of child protection starting 34 mins on this video;
- the second petition should have been the story of a Dutch family that was traumatised by Swedish Social Services, but the petitioner didn’t make it in time, so we listened instead:
Here is the recording produced by EP Live:
Please note the reasons for what we’re doing in the UK:
Do sign our petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent to get updates relating to developments within the EU.
We ended up talking extensively to the petitioners as well as Tatjana Zdanoka, the MEP for Latvia on the next post.