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

 Subject:  International parental child abduction in Slovakia/failure to comply with access rights

A case relating to parental child abduction and retention in Slovakia has been referred to the European Parliament’s Mediator for International Parental Child Abduction.

In this particular case, an Italian man and a Slovak woman had a child together, and, in September 2007 — when she was two years old — the girl was illegally removed from her home in Italy, without her father’s consent, and taken to Slovakia.

The father requested that the child be brought back to Italy, and, after some considerable time elapsed, signed a voluntary agreement with the mother in 2008. The agreement stipulated that the child could live in Slovakia, but that the father would have extensive access rights.

However, despite the fact that the Žilina district court and the Ružomberok regional court handed down rulings specifying appropriate access arrangements, the father’s rights were not respected.

The father complains that he is being prevented from seeing his daughter or having any contact with her at all (either by telephone or via Skype).

It is almost seven years since the child was first abducted, and court proceedings on changes to the rights and obligations of each party are ongoing. A further hearing is due to be held at the end of February.

In the light of the above, does the Commission believe that Slovakia should be required to take urgent action to guarantee that the father’s right to maintain a relationship with his daughter is fully respected, in accordance with Article 24 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?

Will this case give rise to infringement proceedings against Slovakia?

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