Press release – 28-04-2016
Plenary session / Citizens’ rights / Justice and home affairs
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.