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Parliamentary questions
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28 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004950-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE)

 Subject:  Polish Consul Sławomir Kowalski prevented from meeting with Polish children in the care of Barnevernet
 Answer in writing 

The Norwegian social authority Barnevernet is notorious for hundreds of cases in which it unlawfully removed children, and has long been criticised for this not only by individual countries,(1) but also by the EU as a whole. Dozens of complaints by parents have reached the European Court of Justice (ECJ), and at least 12 of those complaints will be examined further by the ECJ. Even the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe looked into Barnevernet’s interference with family life and issued a resolution that was critical of its actions.(2)

At the end of June 2018, particular attention was given to a case in which Barneveret took a six-year old child away from a Polish-Norwegian couple(3). When the parents were summoned to the proceedings they requested help from the Polish Consul, who was physically prevented by the Norwegian police from entering. The parents were also deprived of their right to speak in their mother tongue. Norway is therefore violating the fundamental human rights of the parents in question, and it is violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in its dealings with Poland(4). Given that this is a violation of international law:

Will the Commission discuss these violations of the Vienna Convention with the Norwegian Government?

Will the Commission notify the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that international law is being violated, so that it can call on the General Assembly and the Secretary-General to launch an investigation into the issue?


Original language of question: CS 
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