BRUSSELS News – A mi manera – I did it my way: From Abolishing #ForcedAdoptions to #HampsteadWhistleblower in Exile

The Panel with Mr TimmermansTrying to make sense of my experiences and meetings, I was in a Tapas bar, where I heard ‘a mi manera’ – I did it my way. Hence the title.

First there was the phone call from Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka MEP’s office to alert me to the agenda of the next meeting of the Petitions Committee on 05.05.15:

  • the German Jugendamt (Social Services) with members of the German Bundestag (Parliament) and
  • Mr Timmermans, the Vice-President of the EU Commission, i.e. the permanent non-elected organisation of ‘democratic bureaucrats’, the equivalent of Whitehall.

Then I booked a ticket and discussed with ‘legal eagle’ Debbie what is worth doing. In excellent legally narrative flow, as usual, she appealed to the EU Commission rather than the Petitions Committee. After all, I had already submitted

The raw material for 10 folders

Our Appeal to the EU Commission

Debbie had become aware of EU Directive 2011/92 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

She studied it such that she could write about it for the Crime Report that we’d like people to take to local Police Stations and now appealing to the EU Commission that I wanted to hand over personally.

We prepared 10 folders with:

EU Directive and UK Family Courts

Discrepancies between EU Directive 2011/92 and UK Family Court Law

Combating the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children
and Child Pornography
Systemic Patterns of Child Snatching and Forced Adoptions in the UK

Already we were welcomed with the good news that the fact finding mission to the UK will definitely take place between ‘autumn and winter’!

The other good news is a Round Table Discussion at the Slovak Embassy in London on 14th May from 4.30 until 8pm that my Bulgarian contact had alerted me to – but without victims or NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation) like our Association of McKenzie Friends. I forwarded it to the Consuls I had been in touch with from Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

I am reminded of the report on Non-UK Kids in Care Paul Randle Jolliffe had put together with the result that over 6,500 non-UK children had been removed over five years, and that did NOT include all councils, for every missing car must get reported, but children snatched and gone missing not…

Bulgaria is starting a public information campaign NOT to emigrate to the UK, for they might lose their children! In fact, Eastern European countries are uniting in their efforts to protect their children.

DESPERATELY SEEKING: Police Against Child Abuse is the post with the Crime Report that also relies heavily on EU Directive 2011/92.

A Petition for Police Staff should make it easy for you to make local contacts for effective action.

Here is the report for the EU Commission again:

Discrepancies between
EU Directive 2011/92 and UK Family Court Law

One critical aspect is the

  • Infringement Notice of 27.01.14 of this very Directive that the UK Government has been served with.

  • My Freedom of Information Request about its stage has been refused.

I accomplished my mission: when Mr Timmermans left the Committee Room, I ‘lobbied’ him into accepting the folder that we had prepared as a super team of Super McKenzie Friends: Belinda had done her fine tooth editing and mass printing, London Friend S brought the printed works and I came with the folders and plastic pockets to present:

  1. the stages of the petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent

  2. the Executive Summary of the 29-page Crime Report

  3. the Executive Summary of the 21-page Appeal to the EU Commission.

The agenda of the Committee meeting comprised a shocking list of petitions from German victims of the Jugendamt (Social Services). In total, the Committee has received 225 petitions from Germany and another 40 are being prepared!

I list all 12 petitions from the UK in the Exceptional Emergency Petition that I submitted on behalf of the whistleblower kids:

The member of the Bundestag had apparently claimed there are no ‘forced adoptions’. But I later spoke with the psychologist who has over 1,000 cases on file and who said that official statistics claim 3,900 children had been adopted in a recent year.

The Agenda is here and the whole meeting can be viewed here:

  1. the morning session – announcing the fact finding mission to the UK
  2. the afternoon session – with Mr Timmermans.

You will find the behaviour of the Swedish Chair Cecilia Wikstrom MEP remarkable: one mother who had lost her son had a panic attack, before she made her presentation. And Ms Wikstrom came to meet her and look after her, thus stopping the meeting for quite some time! German Arche TV was there to film the whole event and was particularly impressed by what she saw: Ms Wikstrom was on her knees before the German mother.

The discussion among MEPs after the presentations by the German victims revealed a number of points:

  1. The way that the Petitions Committee is currently working is not ‘fit for purpose’, i.e. it is incapable of addressing the issues in their pan-European magnitude and the clear failure of the existing institutions.

  2. The Greek MEP Notis Marias made popular remarks and the French MEP Edouard Martin, too.

  3. Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka MEP mentioned how her writing to a judge in the UK had made a winning difference.

It’s good to re-meet familiar people and to meet new allies. But I don’t think that anybody had heard anything like we had to tell about the whistleblower kids and the ensuing cover-ups.

The next morning we met Tomas Zdechovsky the Czech MEP who has over 500 Czech cases on file and who says that the money financing Norvegian corporations in the ‘child snatching business’ comes from … The City of London.

Here’s the link to this demonstration initiated by Norwegians:

  • Saturday, 30th May: 12am
  • at the Norvegian Embassies in 12 cities of 12 countries
  • that includes Belgrave Square in London!!!

Then we met Romanian MEP Laurentiu who is a member of the PETI Committee and will facilitate communication with the JURI (Legal Affairs) and the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Human Rights) Committee which I thought was really needed, but didn’t quite know how to bring about.

And then came the real treat: a meeting that brought Polish MEP Julia Pitera together with the assistants of key MEPs I had been in touch with before:

  • Rainer Wieland (Germany)
  • Mairead McGuinness (Ireland) who also came herself
  • Roberta Mezzalo (Malta)
  • Peter Jahr (Germany)
  • Tomas Zdechovsky (Czech)

Mina Petrucci who has been a Policy Advisor to the EPP group for 15 years got everybody together and invited me to update them – especially with a view to upcoming meetings

  • at the Slovak Embassy on 14th May (London),
  • the demos on 30th May
  • and the seminar at the Parliament for MEPs on June 2nd where I’ve been invited to make a presentation regarding the UK, while other countries will also be ‘compared and contrasted’.

To round things up, I visited the office of Greek Notis Marias MEP who was very supportive as well as French Edouard Martin MEP who both spoke very positively, as you can hear yourself. And before getting back, I had half an hour with Latvian Tatjana Zdanoka MEP who is, of course, our greatest ally and will report about her experiences with 7 countries on June 2nd! She publishes Save the Family for Russian speaking victims.

It seems that everybody thinks that their own country is the worst. What a ‘consolation’ to think that things may just be WORSE in the country next door! But at least more people are now aware and talking about it: ‘bottom up’ as well as ‘top down’, I hope.

Meanwhile, I put a LOT of hopes on Mr Timmermans!


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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18 Responses to BRUSSELS News – A mi manera – I did it my way: From Abolishing #ForcedAdoptions to #HampsteadWhistleblower in Exile

  1. Tim Veater says:

    Congratulations with your efforts in the EU Parliament and with MEPs. Hopefully in the longer term this will bear fruit with public opinion and with the Commission, where of course the real power lies, to initiate legislation or to chase recalcitrant member states if they are in breach of EU legislation with either, confusingly, direct (‘Regulations’) or indirect (‘Directives’) effect. However this will do little sadly, to assist in the plight of the Hampstead children in the immediate future or the investigation of their substantive allegations. This as I have suggested elsewhere, will unavoidably have to be fought in and through the existing English domestic legal and political channels. Hopefully in parallel to your invaluable European efforts, someone or a group of people, is giving that priority attention in Britain.

  2. Tim Veater says:

    For clarification: With reference to the ‘draft agenda’ here:
    I can see items 17 -41 refer to custody rights but I can see no reference to the Hampstead case or British adoption cases. I would be grateful if you could explain this apparent omission if possible. Was your submission listed somewhere else? Regards, Tim.

  3. Tim Veater says:

    Ah right. Thanks for that. Now, sorry to trouble you yet more, but is it possible for you to give a few words of background and explanation on the infringement notice of EU Directive 2011/92 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography apparently
    served on the UK in January 2014? Presumably this was a Commission document? Do you have a reference for it or copy I could look at? Finally do you know who it went to, what was the response and at what stage is it now?

  4. Sophie says:

    Dear Sabine, I’m very happy to read you were able to give the file to Timmermans. In Holland he’s very populair, people trust him and I hope he can help! Thanks for all your efforts.

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    This all took such a lot of courage; it must not be allowed to fail.

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