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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (A8-0007/2015 - Heidi Hautala)

  Josu Juaristi Abaunz (GUE/NGL), in writing. — This file suggested that Parliament approve the Council proposal to allow Gabon to access the UN Convention that regulates civil aspects on child abduction, mostly concerning cooperation of authorities in case of return of wrongfully-removed children and issues of conflict of laws.

As the prevention of child abduction is, since the Brussels Regulations on Matrimonial Matters and Parental Responsibility, an exclusive competence of the EU policy to promote the rights of the child, the EU is the actor at international level to improve the application of the 1980 Convention and to encourage third states to accede to it.

Article 38(4) of the 1980 Convention stipulates that the Convention applies between the acceding country and such contracting states as will have declared their acceptance of the accession. Therefore, the EU has to decide whether or not to accept the accession of a country. When affirmative, Member States should make the declaration of acceptance concerning the accession in the interest of the EU, because, as the Convention dates from 1980, it does not recognize international organisations such as the EU as an accessing party.

EH Bildu has voted in favour, as the primary matter is broadening the application of the UN Convention on child abduction.

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