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30 April 2010


for Question Time at the part-session in May 2010

pursuant to Rule 116 of the Rules of Procedure

by Konrad Szymański

to the Commission

  Subject: Discrimination against Polish citizens by the German Child and Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt)

 Answer in writing 

The Commission has repeatedly stated that it is aware of the problems arising in connection with action taken by the German Child and Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) in cross-border cases.


In view of its commitment to protecting children against all forms of discrimination and unequal treatment, what action has the Commission taken in this matter?


What support does it intend to provide for exchanges of experience between German and Polish judges seeking to improve court policy, in line with the assurance given by Commissioner Jacques Barrot in his answer of 15 December 2008 to Question (E-5951/08)?


Would it not agree that the requirement that German be spoken during visits by the Polish parent can undermine the psychological wellbeing of the child, is in breach of the child's rights and freedoms and constitutes language-based discrimination?



Tabled: 30.04.2010



Original language of question: PL 
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