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For a peaceful family life in Europe: action against the mismanagement of cross-border family disputes

European Union

The European Parliament's Committee on Petitions has received a significant number of petitions over the last ten years relating to cases of mismanagement of cross-border family disputes.

Many of these petitions come from non-German parents who evoke unbearable situations that lead to separations lasting several years. In this respect, the Parliament adopted a resolution reminding Germany of its commitments to protect the best interests of the child, as well as the necessary cooperation between the courts of the different Member States, including the mutual recognition of court decisions taken in other Member States.

French MEP Nathalie Griesbeck, Vice-President of the Intergroup on the Rights of the Child, welcomed this progress: "For many years I have been listening to helpless French parents in dramatic situations. It is important that they be listened to, and that light be shed on the shortcomings that are regularly brought to our attention."

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