@EU #EU Safeguarding Children’s Right across Europe: from Petitioning EU Parliament to Voting on a Resolution


I guess it can be called citizen’s democracy in action. Here’s the chronological development:

  1. PETITIONING UK 
    1. Our petition to the UK Parliament regarding Children Placed in Foster Care, put forward by former MP John Hemming yielded no response.
    2. Instead, I am now one of so far four ‘activists’ [Police calls us ‘members of a protest group’] who have been persecuted and prosecuted by UK authorities in our pursuits of being a voice for Children Screaming to be Heard. Two of us face a jury trial on 11 July – potentially committing us to prison. My ‘crime’ was to publish this blog post – in everybody’s view a clear ‘stitch-up’ between Police and CPS.
  2. PETITIONING EU PARLIAMENT
    1. our collective petition was asking for the Abolition of Adoptions without Parental Consent – presented in six minutes of passion, when accompanied by 30 parents on 19 March 2014 – and quite rationally to a newly elected Committee on 11 November 2014;
    2. six individual petitions related to the violation of the right to language, religion and culture;
    3. six more petitions concern the abusive placement of children;
    4. many more petitions are on the data base of the Petitions Committee from many countries – in the spirit of preaching the “best interest” of children but not practicing it.
  3. The PETITIONS COMMITTEE in ACTION
    1. members of the Petitions Committee had already gone on ‘fact finding visits’ to Denmark and Germany;
    2. eight members visited London on 05/06 November 2015;
    3. these MEPs produced a 15-page report based on the 13 petitions;
    4. a Working Group to focus on Children’s Right was established within the Petitions Committee.
  4. POLITICAL GROUPS in ACTION
    1. MEPs belong to one of eight political groups – the equivalent of parties;
    2. Questions with Oral Answer were prepared for the EU Commission and for the EU Council;
    3. a Motion for Resolution was written across all political groups;
    4. the topic got on the Agenda for a Plenary Debate: Point 20.
  5. Pavel SvobodaThe PLENARY DEBATE on 27 AprilCecilia Wikstrom
    1. was introduced by the Chair of the LEGAL Committee Pavel Svoboda MEP and the Chair of the PETITIONS Committee Cecilia Wikstrom MEP;
    2. it took one hour with contributions by 27 MEPs from 18 countries;
    3. here’s the video recording with the names of the speakers. [On Windows 7 I need to use Internet Explorer to view it with Media Player.]
  6. VOTING on 28 April
    1. the Motion for a Resolution to be voted on [point 5] with single majority;
    2. the 28 action points and recommendations.
  7. NEXT STEP
    1. Point 28:  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and the parliaments of the Member States.

Please note also the reference to an EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child!

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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician, software designer, system analyst, event organiser, independent web publisher and online promoter of positivity.
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2 Responses to @EU #EU Safeguarding Children’s Right across Europe: from Petitioning EU Parliament to Voting on a Resolution

  1. Pingback: @coe @MoJGovUK STOP the FORCED REMOVAL of CHILDREN from their PARENTS: Rising Trends in Care Statistics in UK, Germany and Sweden | Voluntary Public Interest Advocacy

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