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Parliamentary questions
26 February 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)

 Subject:  International abduction of a child to Slovakia

The office of the European Parliament Mediator for International Parental Child Abduction has been contacted with regard to a case involving the abduction and retention of a child in Slovakia. The case dates back to 2008, but to date the child has not been repatriated.

From the information received, it emerges that an Italian man and a Slovakian woman had a son together who was born in 2005 in Italy, where the family lived. In July 2008, the child was illegally taken to Slovakia by his mother.

Even though the competent courts have ordered that the child be returned (District Court of Topolcany on 31.10.2008 and 18.3.2009; Regional Court of Nitra on 14.5.2009; Supreme Court of Bratislava on 29.9.2009), the child has still not been returned to Italy, and since yet another court (that of Pezinok) has been made responsible for enforcing the sentence, this will drag out the process even further.

The case in question is the latest in a long line of instances where the competent Slovakian authorities have failed to properly apply Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 (Brussels II) and the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Can the Commission indicate whether the case in question could give rise to infringement proceedings being initiated against Slovakia?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 365, 15/10/2014
Last updated: 12 March 2014Legal notice