Vraagsuggestie aan Nederlandse en Belgische MEP’s voor hoorzitting met kandidaat eurocommissaris Frans Timmermans op 7 oktober 2014

Kandidaat Eurocommissaris Frans Timmermans, premier Mark Rutte, bondskanselier Angela Merkel, president Porosjenko en premier Thorning-Schmidt lopen elkaar tegen het lijf op de Europese Top van 4 september 2014.

Kandidaat Eurocommissaris Frans Timmermans, premier Mark Rutte, bondskanselier Angela Merkel, president Porosjenko en premier Thorning-Schmidt lopen elkaar tegen het lijf op de Europese Top van 4 september 2014.

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Utrecht, Mol, 4 oktober 2014

Betreft: Vraag m.b.t. de handhaving van het Handvest van de grondrechten (m.n. Art. 24, Clause 3) voor de hoorzitting met Frans Timmermans op 7 oktober a.s.

Beste Nederlandse en Belgische Leden van het Europees Parlement,

Kandidaat eurocommissaris Frans Timmermans zal op 7 oktober een toespraak houden met mogelijkheid tot het stellen van vragen. De naleving van de rechtstaat en het Handvest van de grondrechten in alle activiteiten van de Commissie zal tot zijn bevoegdheden behoren. Wat al jaren onder de radar is gebleven zijn de massale schendingen van het recht op gezinsleven en recht op frequent en persoonlijk contact van kinderen met hun gescheiden ouders (1).

In de brief van woensdag, 29 januari 2014 aan het Platform voor Europese Vaders is namens de vice-president van het Europees Parlement Roberta Angelilli aangegeven: “Indeed, in the event of separation or divorce, what Article 24 states should mean a balanced and continuing relationship for the child with both parents.” (2)

De cijfers in België en Nederland zijn hallucinant en schokkend te noemen. Ongeveer 20% van de Nederlandse en Belgische scheidingskinderen verliest alle contact met hun vader.(3) (4)

In zowat alle landen van de EU is de handhaving van het Handvest van de grondrechten ineffectief. Welke zijn de doelstellingen van Frans Timmermans op dit terrein en hoe gaat hij deze bereiken?

Met vriendelijke groet,

Peter Tromp, voorzitter Stichting Vader Kennis Centrum Nederland, secretaris generaal Platform voor Europese Vaders (PEF)
Jan Van Baelen, coördinator, Vaderinstituut vzw België

Voetnoten:
(1) Handvest van de grondrechten, Art. 24, Clause 3: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_nl.pdf
(2) Brief namens Roberta Angelilli aan het Platform voor Europese Vaders (PEF) d.d. 29/01/2014:
http://europeanfathers.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/39
(3) Voor het aantal Nederlandse kinderen dat na scheiding contact met de vader verliest zie paragraaf ‘Kwart kinderen geen contact meer met vader “ uit het persbericht “Een op de zes kinderen maakt echtscheiding mee” van het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), PB01-022 31 januari 2001, http://www.cbs.nl/NR/rdonlyres/9295D279-139D-4DAD-AB42-A18740BF8C50/0/pb01n022.pdf :: Quote: “Tachtig procent van de kinderen blijft na echtscheiding bij de moeder. Een kwart van alle echtscheidingskinderen heeft in de jaren na de scheiding geen contact meer met de vader.”
(4) Voor het aantal Belgische kinderen dat na scheiding contact met de vader verliest zie Tabel 7 op pagina’s 20 en 21 van het ‘Het Leuvens Adolescenten- en Gezinnenonderzoek 2009 – 2010; Onderzoeksrapport’; Prof. Dr. Koen Matthijs e.a., CeSO/GB/2011-1, http://soc.kuleuven.be/web/files/11/77/LAGOOnderzoeksrapportronde2finaal.pdf


Peter Tromp
Voorzitter Vader Kennis Centrum (VKC)
secretariaat@vaderkenniscentrum.nl
Tel. 030.2383636
www.vaderkenniscentrum.nl

Jan Van Baelen
Coördinator Vaderinstituut vzw.
coordinator@vaderinstituut.be
014/313182
www.vaderinstituut.be

September 2014 - Voorgestelde Europese Commissie onder presidentschap van Jean-Claude Juncker

September 2014 – Voorgestelde Europese Commissie onder presidentschap van Jean-Claude Juncker

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[Bulgaria/Romania] Disputed cross-border custody case of Bulgarian father Sevdalin Chandarov and his daughter Jasmina

Father protest monday morning September 29, 2014 (at 9:30 hours) in Sofia at the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council building (at Ul. Exarch Joseph 12)
Bulgaria, Press Release Association “Childhood And Dad”
Phone: 088 8604515
Contact Person: Pancho Malezanov Chairman of the association “Childhood and dad
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The Bulgarian association “Childhood and daddy” calls on all responsible parents who are not indifferent to their rights issue of our children to stand with posters in hands on September 29 at 9:30 am. Before the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria at the following address: Exarch Joseph 12 in Sofia, Bulgaria < Bulgarian website of the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria: http://www.vss.justice.bg

- TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN! Because we take the fruits of our fathers unreasonable judgments and grotesque behavior of social workers. This horror is happening today in the twenty-first century version reminiscent blood tax associated with the darkest events from the time of Turkish occupation and slavery.

Come to this public event with father Sevdalin Chandarov of the Bulgarian city of Nedelino who appears emanation of total denial of his paternity and discrimination against men as good parents. There is neglect, marginalization and humiliation of the father of little Jasmina, who for the past five years was the caring parent and only important factor for the normal psychophysiological and full development of his child; but as a typical demonstration of arrogant, reckless and unsanctioned by the legal authorities father keeping SAM wonderful my child, who is now being excluded from his daughter and crushed – all at the cost of the devastation of the present and future of his own daughter. The girl was given to the mother to live in Calarasi, Romania – without evaluating and taking into account the best interest of the child who grew up and is grounded in Bulgaria, has her friends, familyand school in Bulgaria and is fully accustomed to the Bulgarian living conditions. of development. A cultural shock awaits Jasmina – totally detached from the environment to which she is accustomed, the trusted circle of relatives and friends, school … while she does not understand or speak the Romanian language. The life of a Bulgarian child will be overturned as a result of negligent, discriminatory and anti-Bulgarian judgment. In this severe demographic situation, the Bulgarian court propels our children abroad. And the case is not an isolated one or unique. Also another father suffers after a court ruling allowing the mother to take their child of three months into the Republic of Belarus – and is not returned within the specified period. Who is responsible for these irresponsible judgments? Who benefits from them? Who now will return the child to its home country?

Moving on to active action! On September 29th at 9:30 pm we will stand together in front of the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council address: Ul. Exarch Joseph 12, Sofia
with posters in hands – TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN!

Pancho Malezanov: 27 september 2014

Bulgarian language Press Release:

Съобщение за медиите
Сдружение „Детство И с тати“

Телефон: 088 8604515

Лице за контакт:

Панчо Малезанов-председател на сдружение ‘Детство и с тати

Сдружение „Детство и с тати” призовава всички отговорни родители, на които не им е безразлична темата за правата на децата ни да застанем с плакати в ръце, на 29 септември в 9:30 ч. пред администрацията на Висшия съдебен съвет на адрес: Ул. Екзарх Йосиф 12

- В ЗАЩИТА НА НАШИТЕ ДЕЦА! Защото рожбите ни се отнемат от нас бащите им с необосновани съдебни решения, и с гротескно поведение на социални служители. Този ужас се случва днес, през ХХІ век във вариант, напомнящ кръвният данък, свързван с най-мрачните събития от времето на туркото робство.

Добилият популярност случай с татко Севдалин от Неделино се явява еманация на тоталното отричане на бащинството у нас и дискриминирането на мъжа като пълноценен родител. Налице е неглижиране, маргинализиране и унизяване на таткото на малката Жасмина, като единствен важен фактор(през изминалите пет години) за нормалното и пълноценно психофизиологично развитие на детето си; типична демонстрация на надменно, безотговорно и несанкционирано отношение на съдебни власти към баща, отглеждащ САМ прекрасно рожбата си, който сега е смачкан – с цената на опустошаването на настоящето и бъдещето на собствената му дъщеря. Момиченцето е присъдено на майката, за да живее в Кълъраш, Румъния – без прогноза и оценка за развитието му. Не са взети под внимание битовите условия там, културният шок, който очаква Жасмина – тотално откъсната от средата, с която е привикнала, доверения кръг от роднини, близки, приятелки, училище…, а тя не разбира румънски език. Животът на едно българче ще бъде преобърнат в резултат на нехайно, дискриминационно и анти-българско съдебно решение. В настоящата тежка демографска ситуация, българският съд прокужда наши деца в чужбина. Случаят не е изолиран, нито единствен. Друг татко (от Чирпан) страда след решение на съда, допуснал майката да изведе детето им за три месеца в Беларус – и не е върнато в определения срок. Кой носи отговорност за тези безотговорни съдебни решения? Кой се възползва от тях? Кой сега ще върне детето в Родината?

Преминаваме към активни действия! На 29-ти септември в 9:30 ч ще застанем заедно пред администрацията на Висшия съдебен съвет на адрес: Ул. Екзарх Йосиф 12

с плакати в ръце – В ЗАЩИТА НА НАШИТЕ ДЕЦА!

Hungerstrike by Bulgarian father Sevdalin Chandarov against unjustified and discriminative Bulgarian court custody order for his daughter Jasmina

Interview with Bulgarian father Sevdalin Chandarov on Bulgarian TV Channel 3 on 19 september 2014 (from 12:40 -32:20 min. onwards)
▶ Студио 3 (следобед) – 19.09.2014 Част 4
Source: YouTube – Канал 3 TV – 19.09.2014


Bulgarian father starves himself to death in hungerstrike until Bulgarian court changes unfair custody-change order
Bulgaria – 24chasa.bg – Share – 9/16/2014 09:59; 24 hours online; 1231; 1;
http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=4309178

Photo: Archive – A father of the Bulgarian city of Nedelino, who cared five years alone for his daughter, began a hunger strike in protest against a decision of Kardzhali district court – information from Darik.

Magistrates awarded the custody of the child to the former wive, who is a Romanian citizen, of Sevdalin Chandarov.

Daughter Jasmina barely knows her mother. Two-thirds of the child’s life have gone by with her father. For five years during her stay with her father she heard her mother only on the phone and then only rarely.

5 years ago the mother of Jasmina – Romanian citizen Veronica Petcu, moved to Spain just as the two-year-old daughter was admitted to the hospital.

A year and a half later, the young woman suddenly wanted a divorce from her Bulgarian husband and ceased all contact with her daughter, said bTV.

Now the mother of seven-year old Jasmina suddenly gets awarded custody while this has previously been awarded to the father by the Zlatograd District Court. Following the decision of Kardzhalimen magistrates Sevdalin Chandarov began a hunger strike. Jasmine’s father casts heavy doubt on the fairness of the judicial system.

According to social workers Jasmina is very fond of her father and was estranged from her mother caused by her voluntary absence from the child’s life. The devastated father intends to declare indefinite civil disobedience in front of the Supreme Judicial Council in the capital.


Father began a hunger strike after he took the child – I tried to bribe the judge with potatoes, beef and yogurt
Blitz News – Kardzhali, Bulgaria – Posted 11 September. 2014, 12:10 | Updated: Sept 11. 2014, 12:10
http://www.blitz.bg/news/article/289813

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The man decided to starve because paternity case. Magistrates granted custody of 8-year-old daughter Jasmine to her mother – Andrina Veroniku. Romanian citizen living in the town of Calarasi and in the words of the mountaineers after divorce never came to see the child. “Even when I won the case in Zlatograd District Court, she had the right to visit Zhasi, take her for a month, but not once did, reports 24rodopi.com. Only time and pay child support in the amount of 100 lev. At other times constantly bothered me for money sending SMS-es. The child knows her. The last time I saw a case in Kardzhali and immediately hid behind me. When I heard the decision of the court, raised blood pressure. They took me to the Emergency in Nedelino where I participated systems. Nothing said the child, but most likely it is understood. Will starve two days outside the courthouse in Kardzhali. On Monday I will send Zhasi school and go on Tuesday in Sofia, where he will protest to the Supreme Judicial Council. Received assurance from other fathers who will come to support me. Will appeal to the Supreme Court, “said Chandarov.

While talking, his phone rings, it turns out his daughter. “Daddy, grandma ate meat. Listen to her to know you when you come back? “Asked the child trembling Sevdalin.

“The child is learning excellent. It does not speak a word of Romanian. How will you live there? We found out that my ex-wife lives with another man, who has three children. According to the information at my disposal Andrina wait another child. All the expertise of social workers are in my favor. Even in the courtroom could not bring a bus witnesses to confirm how to care for the child. In the course of my case said that there was no problem Zhasi was small, can adapt and learn Romanian “said Sevdalin.

“I am sure that magistrates in Kardzhali know those from Smolyan. After my initial protests, they now give it back by supporting the decision of the District Court in Smolyan. I wanted to try one of the magistrates, who led one of the cases in Kardzhali. I took the parents of Judge potatoes, beef and yogurt. They received them. I wanted to see if they can succumb to bribes. I just wanted to have fair play, “reveals Sevdalin. / Turbo


Sevdalin Chandarov fights for his daughter. Its class: She is painfully fond of him
Bulgaria – 24chasa.bg – 14/2/2014
http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=3261913

Photo: BTV – Sevdalin Chandarov e devoted father who himself has raised his child and who was on the brink of despair because of inability to fight for custody of 6-year-old daughter.

Days ago Zlatograd District Court awarded custody of Sevdalin Chandarov. His story is about to become a legal precedent, said bTV.

Objectives 4 years Sevdalin caregivers alone. His wife Veronica Petcu left him and went abroad. A few months ago the court give her custody. According to the child’s personal physician and psychologist 6-year-old Jasmine is very fond of her father.

“Failure have several meetings with the child, which shows that she does not wish to meet with the mother. In my questions: “What is the reason?” – “Well, it speaks for gifts …” Strong affection manifested by the relatives of his father. And I can tell – painful affection for his father, just for talking, “says psychologist R. Stoyanova from the Social Support Centre in the town of Nedelino.

“Well, yes, the child was with bilateral pneumonia. Then the father went to the ward to treat the child. Mother went to Spain. She never made a call to ask how the child, okay, sturdy, you sick, you care for her, feed her, bathe her, things like that, “explained the GP of Jasmine nedelino Dr. Milka Lubomirova.

A few days ago new circumstances completely upended the custody case. District Court ordered Zlatograd 6-year-old Jasmine to stay in Bulgaria with her father. The reason is the drastic differences between the claims of the mother and inspection of social services in the Romanian town Calarasi.

“From there, it was confirmed that the mother had lied, that is located in the Republic of Romania and had gone with a contract to work in Spain,” added the father of Jasmine Sevdalin Chandarov.

According to the social report of the Romanian social services seven-member family of Veronica Petcu live in apartment, not in the bedroom, as it claims. “One bedroom apartment, home to the mother and father of my ex-wife, her two sisters and their spouses and one of their grandchild,” added the father.

News of stay of Jasmine in Nedelino met with joy and relief in the few Muslim town. Most are excited Jasmina her dad. “I love my dad and I do not want nobody, ‘the girl.

“We are very excited and happy developments for the benefit of our fellow citizen because our joy comes from the fact that though he is the father … And rarely fathers go to protect their children – show such concern for the child who is also an example for others in our city, “said Rumen Chafadarov sagrazhdaninat them.

“I am happy because for the first time in Bulgaria is going to win a case, and it father! Glad you stuck in Bulgaria Bulgarian child to learn and develop. I am proud that the child remains in my class because she is doing great things to be doing in school, “said the head of the class and Jasmine R. Karaivanova.

A case can be appealed to the Smolyan District Court. Albeit temporary, victory Sevdalin Chandarov gives hope to many Bulgarian fathers, they will not be discriminated against by Bulgarian courts by gender.

More:
Court sent the girl to her mother, who gave him before 4 godiniBashta ready to indefinite hunger strike to preserve their parental pravaBashta began a hunger strike in Smolyan Romanian take his child


Father is ready for indefinite hunger strike to preserve their parental rights
Bulgaria – 24chasa.bg – Share 16/09/2013 9:41; 24 hours online; 2088; 0;

http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=2300900

Sevdalin and Jasmine Photo: A scene from the story of bTV

Man raising his daughter alone four years, until one day he received a letter from the child’s mother, in which she claimed the custody, said bTV. Sevdalin Chandarov ready to declare an indefinite hunger strike to retain the right to see and care for 6-year-old Jasmine.

This is not the first hunger strike, her father. See the story HERE.

“The father is very caring. Just some mothers can learn from it, “says Dr. Milka Lubomirova, doctor of Jasmine in the city Nedelino. Girl barely knew her mother, who worked for years in Spain. She even does not know that she is likely be sent to his mother, who is a Romanian citizen.

Sevdalin Chandarov and Adriana Petcu-Veronica are introduced 8 years ago in Spain, where both are gurbet. After a year and a half Sevdalin returns home to Nedelino. Adriana, Veronica decides to follow him and they married, in Bulgaria. In 2007, Jasmine was born. 2009, however, is detrimental to the family, because Adriana, Veronica wants to return to Spain.

“Basically here from the city, many women work in Spain and a friend of hers curl to go there, said it was very nice there – to work on a seasonal strawberries. I was strongly against, “said the man. First year mother sent money to her family in Bulgaria, but after the second year her behavior changed dramatically.

“From now estranged. Feelings were strange. As I started to kiss her, she pulled my hands, “recalls Sevdalin. Husband so suddenly receives divorce papers. Several months later Sevdalin understands that its long half life partner with a fellow in Spain.

“For two years Adriana never called to ask how her daughter was doing in Nedelino” says Sevdalin more.

Two instances of the Bulgarian court refuses to listen to the arguments of the social workers and the GP of Jasmina whereby Sevdalin perfect parent, and judge custody of the mother, who now lives in Spain.

The last hope of the father is the Supreme Court. The local “Child Protection” refused to comment on the grounds that they are very busy.

More:
Sevdalin Chandarov fights for his daughter. Its class: She is painfully fond of him

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Final conclusions of the 1st International Conference on Shared Parenting (Bonn, 9-11 July, 2014)

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Conference Conclusions – Bonn, July 11th 2014
Source: International Conference on Shared Parenting 2014 | twohomes.org | en_conference_2014

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At the conclusion of our first International Conference on Shared Parenting Prof. Dr. jur. Hildegund Sünderhauf (Chair of Scientific Committee) and Prof. Edward Kruk (ICSP President) developed the following theses to be discussed and adopted as a Consensus Statement:

Keeping in mind that the main goal of our Council is to develop evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart, we established as the theme for our first conference, “Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice”. This was the first such gathering of scholars, practitioners and NGO representatives interested in the emerging paradigm of shared parenting in families in which parents are living apart. A wide range of topics as well as perspectives on shared parenting were discussed and debated, and at the end of the conference we were challenged in regard to determining what sort of consensus emerged on a number of important issues that we discussed and debated.

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We arrived at the following 6 major areas of consensus:

1. Shared parenting is a viable post-divorce parenting arrangement
There is a consensus that neither the discretionary best interests of the child standard, nor sole custody or primary residence orders, are serving the needs of children and families of divorce. There is a consensus that shared parenting is a viable post-divorce parenting arrangement that is optimal to child development and well-being, including for children of high conflict parents. The amount of shared parenting time necessary to achieve child well-being and positive outcomes is a minimum of one-third time with each parent, with additional benefits accruing up to and including equal (50-50) parenting time, including both weekday (routine) and weekend (leisure) time.

2. Shared parenting be defined as encompassing both: shared parental authority and shared parental responsibility
There is consensus that “shared parenting” be defined as encompassing both shared parental authority (decision-making) and shared parental responsibility for the day-to-day upbringing and welfare of children, between fathers and mothers, in keeping with children´s age and stage of development. Thus “shared parenting” is defined as “the assumption of shared responsibilities and presumption of shared rights in regard to the parenting of children by fathers and mothers who are living together or apart.”

3. National family law should at least include the possibility to give shared parenting orders
There is a consensus that national family law should at least include the possibility to give shared parenting orders, even if one parent opposes it. There is a consensus that shared parenting is in line with constitutional rights in many countries and with international human rights, namely the right of children to be raised by both of their parents.

4. Principles to guide the legal determination of parenting after divorce
There is a consensus that the following principles should guide the legal determination of parenting after divorce:
(1) shared parenting as an optimal arrangement for the majority of children of divorce, and in their best interests.
(2) parental autonomy and self-determination.
(3) limitation of judicial discretion in regard to the best interests of children.

5. The above applíes to the majority of children and families
There is a consensus that the above apply to the majority of children and families, including conflict families, but not to situations of substantiated family violence and child abuse. There is a consensus that the priority for further research on shared parenting should focus on the intersection of child custody and family violence, including child maltreatment in all its forms, including parental alienation.

6. Accessible network of family relationship centres
There is a consensus that an accessible network of family relationship centres that offer family mediation and other relevant support services are critical in the establishment of a legal presumption of shared parenting, and vital to the success of shared parenting arrangements.

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PEF Manifesto – May 2014

PEF Manifesto  – May 2014

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 European Parliament Elections (May 22-25, 2014)

PEF, the Platform of European Fathers, demands that Europe examines its equality credentials to ensure true – and not merely professed – equality is introduced into all areas of life.

“Window dressing” which has been the preferred posture of political parties in every EU country is no longer tenable and equality which actually discriminates against boys, men and fathers should henceforth be acknowledged as such and publically made illegal.

The Platform of European Fathers speaks for fathers and families across the entire EU, from Portugal on the Atlantic coast to Scandinavia and from Greece to Lithuania and the Russian frontier.

All the organisations belonging to the Platform of European Fathers (PEF), demand that EU policy begins enacting legislation and values to ensure that in children’s lives fathers are treated as importantly as mothers.

In the coming 2014 EU elections – the following are “the needs” we expect our MEPs to address:

  • Children rights and opinions must not be overlooked or ignored, as they currently are
  • Guidelines must be created which ensure a stable father-child relationship all across Europe
  • Combating “child poverty” can be addressed by ensuring greater employment opportunities for fathers
  • Where this option is not immediately available, combating “child poverty” can also be addressed by ensuring child related state benefits “follow the child” which will abolish the discrimination suffered by fathers who are care for their children
  • In Sweden and Norway where shared parenting is more common the benefits paid are shared between both caring parents.
  • The payment of state benefits / allowances must be based on the children’s right to know and be cared for by both parents (ref. “Brussels IIa Regulation“, and “Convention on Contact concerning Children“).

To attain these modest goals we ask all MEPs to press for a European Union Taskforce to look into and address the present problems with the current sole-parent carer for children of divorce which has proliferated and is epidemic across Europe.

This leads to discrimination between both parents involved in the care for these children vis-a-vis the tax and benefits systems which is only further complicated by cross-border custody disputes.

The overwhelming majority of social scientists world wide endorses the conclusion that children are better served by forming good “attachment” with both parents from birth and in the following years. When couples live together only shared care can deliver this – and only shared parenting can deliver the same when the parents have separated.

No where in Europe can we see MEPs of any political parties supporting or promoting father, family and children’s rights.

We would like to see the European Parliaments have the courage of Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard in 2005-06, who advocated a bigger role for fathers in their children’s lives and then acted upon it.

But do we have such a figure in Europe ?

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Revelations With Erin Pizzey – Robert Whiston of the Platform for European Fathers

Revelations With Erin Pizzey – Robert Whiston of the Platform for European Fathers

Posted in A Voice for Men, Anna Freud, English, Equal Parenting, Errin Pizzey, Feminism, Men's Aid UK, PEF in the Media, Platform for European Fathers, Robert Whiston, Robert Whiston (Men’s Aid UK), UK | Leave a comment

On EU support for parenting associations (European Parliament – answer to written questions)

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Written question by Portuguese MEP João Ferreira (GUE/NGL) to the European Commission on EU support for parenting associations
Source: European Parliament – EU support for parenting associations – E-010058/2013 – 10 september 2013

European Parliament
Parliamentary questions
10 September 2013 E-010058-13

Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 117) by João Ferreira (GUE/NGL)

Subject: EU support for parenting associations Answer(s)

The Portuguese Association for Parental Equality and Children’s Rights (APIPDF) works in the area of family, childhood and parenting issues. Some of its objectives include: promoting social and legal awareness of equal rights and duties for fathers and mothers, particularly as regards parental responsibility; promoting issues of parental equality and positive parenting; undertaking any action together with the competent institutions to ensure children’s rights are respected, focusing on making both parents equally responsible for their children after separation.

The APIPDF is part of the Platform for European Fathers, which focuses on the problems of parental estrangement, lengthy court proceedings and the issue of shared custody.

1. What programmes and measures could provide financial support for the work of associations such as the APIPDF?

2. In view of the conference ‘Facing the Crisis of the Family in the Name of the Children. First Comparative Survey on Children Custody in Europe’ to be held on 23 October 2013 in Strasbourg, what programmes and measures could help an APIPDF representative or members of that association attend that conference or similar events to be held in the future?

Last updated: 27 September 2013

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Answer by Mrs Reding on behalf of the European Commission to a written question by Portuguese MEP João Ferreira (GUE/NGL) on EU support for parenting associations
Source: European Parliament – EU support for parenting associations – E-010058/2013 – 8 November 2013

European Parliament
Parliamentary questions
8 November 2013 E-010058/2013

Answer given by Mrs Reding on behalf of the Commission

The Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme(1) has been funding projects and organisations aiming to strengthen the rights of the child on a regular basis. According to the 2013 annual work programme(2) the call for proposals for action grants for 2013, which will be published in the coming weeks(3), shall focus on rights of the child as one of its priorities. In particular, there is a possibility for financial support for transnational projects which propose actions such as training modules on child-friendly justice (in accordance with the 2010 Guidelines on child-friendly justice of the Council of Europe) for legal and other professionals and practitioners who interact with children in the context of judicial proceedings.

For the period 2014-2020, negotiations on the new two programmes are still not finalised. The Honourable Member might be aware that the future Justice Programme will support judicial cooperation and access to justice. This may include projects covering judicial cooperation in divorce and parental custody matters and in maintenance obligations matters. Moreover projects related to matrimonial regimes promoting the elimination of obstacles to the good functioning of cross-border civil proceedings in the Member States could get support. Furthermore, the future Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme will address the rights of the child.

However, the financing of individual attendances at a conference or similar event is not possible, unless it takes place in the context of a project which has previously been awarded a grant.

(1) Council Decision 2007/252/EC of 19 April 2007.
(2) http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/files/frc_awp_2013_en.pdf
(3) http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/fundamental-rights/grants/index_en.htm

OJ C 197, 26/06/2014
Last updated: 8 November 2013

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NEW PEF MEMBER ORGANISATION :: LITHUANIAN ASSOCIATION AGAINST PARENTAL ALIENATION (APTA)

The Platform for European Fathers PEF welcomes the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA) as its new member organisation from Lithuania.

Peter Tromp
Secretary general PEF

LITHUANIAN ASSOCIATION AGAINST PARENTAL ALIENATION (APTA)

LITHUANIAN ASSOCIATION AGAINST PARENTAL ALIENATION (APTA)

Asociacijos Prieš Tėvų Atstūmimą (APTA):
http://www.pries-tevu-atstumima.lt

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