EU parental responsibility regulation amended

EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers approved the amendment to the regulation on child’s care in case of a divorce of multinational parent.

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The amendment was proposed by Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary. The rationale behind it was to fight a situation when a child was placed in a foster family far from their national identity during their parents divorce. Most extreme cases concerned those in Germany, where offices were accused of strongly limiting the opportunity of children to communicate in their vernacular.

Deputy justice minister said that it was crucial for a child to be placed in a family sharing their language. “We want the child’s identity to be always preserved is such situations, meaning that if a child must be placed in a foster care, it needs to be an environment resembling the one they were taken from.”

The amendment of the Brussels IIa regulation on parental responsibility was unanimously accepted by all the 28 member states’ ministers.

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