@coe @ChildrensRights @EUParliament for @EU_Commission

Celebrating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the MEPs on this video are:

  1. Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt from Sweden;
  2. Caterina Chinnici from Italy;
  3. Nathalie Griesbeck from France;
  4. Dr. Miriam Dalli from Malta;
  5. Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain;
  6. Julie Ward from the UK;
  7. Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea from Spain;
  8. 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:

  1. Human Rights and Family Courts of November 2012;
  2. 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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@EU #EU Letter to Commissioner @VeraJourova re Safeguarding the Best Interest of Children across Europe #teamJunckerEU

16 05 11 Vera JourovaThe 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:

  1. the full 7-page letter;
  2. 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”

@coe @EU #EU Kids’ best interests must come first in cross-border custody cases, urge #MEPs

16 04 28 EU Press ReleaseForwarded 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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@EU #EU Press Release MEPs INVESTIGATE CHILD-SNATCHING SCANDAL in UK @Europarl_en @coe @euronews #EPlenary @EU_Commission @TimmermansEU @PA

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[1] 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[2]. The debate will cover Questions with Oral Answer:

  • to the EU Council[3] – the Ministers of all 28 Member States;
  • and the EU Commission[4] – the administration in the background of elected Parlamentarians;
  • as well as a Motion for a Resolution[5] 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 [6] was first presented in Brussels on 19 March 2014[7] by a delegation of 30 parents. The trip resulted in this article in The Telegraph:

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