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Parliamentary questions
6 September 2013
Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission

The Commission has not launched infringement proceedings concerning the German Jugendamt, as cases brought to the attention of the Commission have shown no connection to EC law.

The Commission promotes integrated child protection systems in which interagency and multidisciplinary coordination are key components and the child is placed at the centre. Efforts to promote the need for stronger collaboration among different actors and across sectors, including various national ministries, include the 7th European Forum on the rights of the child(1) and a recently established informal expert group on the rights of the child. However, the Commission does not monitor implementation of matters of national competence.

The primary responsibility for the care of children lies with their birth family. Member States have the overall responsibility for developing their child protection systems, including the provision of services to allow children to stay in their families, where possible. However, the EU has a role to play in contributing to their efforts(2). The Commission underlines that poverty should never be the sole reason for removing a child from parents' care(3).

The Commission is not in a position to provide a comparative analysis of the merits of national child protection policies, including when they concern the removal of children from their parents.


OJ C 55 E, 26/02/2014
Last updated: 3 October 2013Legal notice