German Judgendamt - PETI, Cecilia Wikström, Denial of child contact orders. Different treatment between UK and Germany
Dear European Parliament,
Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:
'Question for oral answer O-000106/2018 to the Commission
on behalf of the Committee on Petitions
Subject: Role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) in cross-border family disputes
The Committee on Petitions has received a large number of petitions on the role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt) denouncing alleged systematic discrimination against non-German parents in cross-border family disputes involving children, including discrimination related to parental responsibility and child custody. According to the petitioners, the competent German authorities would not recognise or enforce decisions and judgements taken by the judicial authorities of Member States in family disputes with cross-border implications, and they would not admit a place outside Germany for the normal residence of the child, which may jeopardise the effective protection of the best interests of the child.
The European Parliament has been very active on the matter with the organisation of two fact-finding visits, the creation of a specific working group within the Committee on Petitions, and the adoption of a resolution.
Could the Commission provide detailed and updated information on the follow-up to requests by the Committee on Petitions related to the problems raised in petitions on the role of the Jugendamt and the German family law system in cross-border family disputes, in order to protect the best interests of the child?
What measures will the Commission adopt to ensure accurate checks on the non-discriminatory nature of procedures and practices used in the German family law system, including by the Jugendamt, in the framework of family disputes having cross-border implications, in order to protect the best interests of the child and other related rights?
What measures has the Commission taken to provide more training courses and international exchanges for officials employed in the social services, in order to raise awareness of the functioning of their counterparts in various Member States and to overcome cultural differences on the concept of the best interests of the child?
Tabled: 27.9.2018 Forwarded: 1.10.2018 Deadline for reply: 8.10.2018'
Mrs Wikström is saying that: 'denouncing alleged systematic discrimination against non-German parents in cross-border family disputes involving children, including discrimination related to parental responsibility and child custody'
On the other side Mrs Wikström herself closed a petition of a German Father where exactly this happened in UK. Mrs Wikström closed the petition:
Mrs Wikström is also aware of Forced adoptions of children (including Foreign EU-citizen children) in UK. There has been a visit from her and other MEPs to UK.
As Mrs Wikström, as head of the petition committee, is also head of the EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly there are strong indications that Cecilia Wikström is abusing her power. Because Mrs O'Reilly was not investigating in the past.
Please provide the all the 'a large number of petitions on the role of the German Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt)' in Detail.
Mrs Wikström is
• Lutheran pastor; national MP (2002-2009); vice- chair of the Committee on Culture (2006-2009); MEP since 2009.
• Interested in civil liberties; asylum and migration; home affairs; the rule of law; human rights; the rights of all minorities, including LGBTI people, the Roma and people with disabilities; combating the far right; and legal affairs.
• Respected voice within her group and among left-leaning MEPs; passionately progressive and resolute promoter of Open Society values.'
- documents in case there have been investigations of OLAF on Cecilia Wikström and EmilyO'Reilly?
- documents given to the EU authorities in case there have been investigations from the Belgium Police
- publication of all petitions (opened, rejected and closed) during hear presidency as head of the petition committee including all texts, rapporteur names and internal process steps.
Dear European Parliament,
D-88427 Bad Schussenried
OUR REF A(2018)14764
Dear Mr Zinser,
Please note that all relevant information (subject, procedural steps, etc.) concerning the petitions examined by the Petitions Committee is to be found on the petitions portal
The search engine allows to identify petitions using different criteria, for instance "Jugendamt":
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