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Wednesday, 5 October 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Accession of Peru to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (A8-0267/2016 - Angel Dzhambazki)

  Ivo Vajgl (ALDE), in writing. ‒ I voted in favour of the report on the proposal for a Council decision authorising the Republic of Austria and Romania to accept, in the interest of the European Union, the accession of Peru to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a vitally important instrument that has been ratified by all EU Member States. The Convention introduces a system of cooperation between the contracting states aimed at settling cases of international child abduction. In many instances, these problems arise when a couple has separated. If the mother and father are from different states, there is a temptation to exploit the lack of cooperation between those states in order to secure custody of the child. The biggest problem in such cases is the national bias of the legal systems of individual states. The purpose of the Convention is to resolve such situations at an international level, by establishing that the competent courts and applicable laws are those of the state of residence of the child. I believe that the accession of Peru to the Convention is to be welcomed, especially as many EU citizens are of Peruvian origin.

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