FACT FINDING MISSION to UK and Public Hearing confirmed in Minutes of Petitions Committee

Remember that the first country to get two boys back from care and prevent their adoption was Slovakia. Their TV station has just produced an update – and a supporter produced English subtitles – as can be seen below.

Portuguese, Latvian and BBC clips are on this blog post.

The video record of the Committee’s meeting on 19 March 2014 will be too much of a record for the MEPs who will constitute the 66 members of the next Petitions Committee.

The Minutes will, however, be before them to read. There are two Decision points that were made:

  • re individual petitions: petitions to be kept open. Letters would be sent to the municipal and national authorities in the Member States involved to invite them to give their reactions to the allegations made by the petitioners and to explain their actions. A letterwould be sent to Commissioner Reding to urge the Commission to act and to study ways in which it could approach cases as had been brought to the attention of the Committee in the petitions and to propose legislation accordingly.

After my collective petition to Abolish Adoptions without Parental Consent:

  • re collective petition: petition to be kept open. Letters would be sent to the relevant national and local authorities in the UK, as above, to invite them to give their reactions to the allegations made by the petitioner and to explain their actions. The Members’ request for a fact finding visit to the UK and a public hearing would be referred to the coordinators.

The Portuguese consulate / embassy will visit Lincoln Council.

The Latvian Ambassador will talk to Merton Council.

Hence I put Brussels news together on the site for the Latvian mother Laila Brice who initiated the Brussels event thanks to her MEP:

On the site of the Portuguese family who accompanied us:

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