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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 — Still unresolved

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.

From the information received, it emerges that an Italian man and a Slovakian woman had a son together who was born in Italy, where the couple had set up their home.

Following their separation (with shared custody of the child having been agreed), the mother took the child to Slovakia without the father’s permission, even though the child’s details had been circulated to the border police.

Consequently, the Court of Ascoli Piceno issued a ruling demanding that the child be returned to his father’s care. This ruling on the child’s return was upheld by the District Court of Bratislava I and, even though the father asked the competent court in Trnava to enforce the sentence, the Regional Court of Bratislava has decreed (without any hearing, based on the information that has been received) that the child should not return to Italy to live in his habitual residence.

A good two and a half years have now passed since the child was abducted.

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