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Parliamentary questions
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11 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000118/2021/rev.1
to the Council
Rule 138
Manuel Bompard (The Left), Manon Aubry (The Left), Leila Chaibi (The Left), Emmanuel Maurel (The Left), Nikolaj Villumsen (The Left), Sylvie Guillaume (S&D), Nora Mebarek (S&D), Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), Eric Andrieu (S&D), Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Cristina Maestre Martín De Almagro (S&D), Viktor Uspaskich (NI), Laurence Farreng (Renew), Nathalie Colin-Oesterlé (PPE), Agnès Evren (PPE), Geoffroy Didier (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Cross-border family disputes

On 29 November 2018, after having examined hundreds of petitions by EU citizens, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) in cross-border family disputes(1). It was alarmed at the number of breaches there had been of the best interests of the child and emphasised the primacy of international conventions, in particular Article 8 of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child(2). Then, on 8 July 2020, it confirmed its commitment to international parental child abduction by adopting a new resolution to that effect(3).

However, according to associations such as the Association Enfants Otages (child hostage association) in France(4), many European parents continue to be systematically discriminated against by judges and the Jugendamt services, and are separated from their children.

The Council aims to act as forum for cooperation between Member States. However, cross-border family disputes are sources of serious tension. What action will the Council take during the German Presidency to put an end to the systematic discrimination of non-German parents?

What measures could the Council take to ensure that German courts give due consideration to the decisions of courts and tribunals in other Member States and that the best interests of the child are served?

(1)European Parliament resolution of 29 November 2018 on the role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) in cross-border family disputes (2018/2856(RSP)).
(2)Article 8(1): ‘States Parties undertake to respect the right of the child to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognised by law without unlawful interference.’
(3)European Parliament resolution of 8 July 2020 on the international and domestic parental abduction of EU children in Japan (2020/2621(RSP)).
Original language of question: FR
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