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03/12/2010

Roumanie. La bataille des adoptions internationales atteint le sommet.

La Commission européenne a falsifié un rapport officiel, publié partiellement il y a un an, pendant la Conférence de Défis dans les Procédures d'Adoption en Europe, à Strasbourg du 30 novembre au 1 décembre 2009. Exclusivement pour Jurnalul National plusieurs experts ont apporté le témoignage de la pression mise sur leur travail par des hauts fonctionnaires de la Comission Européenne, afin d'arriver à la conclusion de la nécessité de l'établissement d'une "Agence Européenne de l'Adoption". L'enjeu de cette nouvelle agence : la création d'un "marché" pour des adoptions européennes par laquelle la Roumanie serait forcée de rouvrir les adoptions internationales.
Derrière cette décision, des groupes de pression pro-adoption de la France, d'Italie, d'Espagne et des États-Unis.

 

Battle of international adoptions reaches peak
The European Commission Forges Official Report


The European Commission has falsified an official report, released only partially exactly one year ago, during the Conference on Challenges in Adoption Procedures in Europe, in Strasbourg from 30 November to 1 December 2009.  Exclusively for Jurnalul National several experts testified about the pressure put on their work by high-rank European Commission officials, in order to get to the conclusion that there is a need for the establishment of a European Adoption Agency. The stake of the new agency: creating a "market" for European adoptions in which Romania would be forced to reopen international adoptions. Behind this decision are pro-adoption lobbies from France, Italy, Spain and the United States.


On December 1, in Strasbourg - France, the European Commission and the Council of Europe organized a conference on adoptions. Originally it was to take place behind closed doors, but it became public after Jurnalul National revealed the backstage games behind it and the attempt to invite only the adoption lobby, through the mediation of the Italian EC official Patrizia De Luca. Surprisingly, at the end of the conference the conclusion of a report were presented, which recommended the need for establishing a European Adoption Agency. The long awaited report did not become public and was kept secret at the conference in Strasbourg. It was not made public until spring 2010, after pressure from several non-governmental organizations. Even so, the details of the report were never made public. One of the aims of the report, which needed the consent and approval of all Member States of the EU, was to reopen international adoptions at European level and thus forcing Romania to repeal the law 274, which forbids the adoption of Romanian children by foreigners.


One year after the scandal of this conference, Jurnalul National has been able to reveal what is hidden behind the report but, much worse, to also reveal pressure from the European Commission on the Belgian law firm, which drafted the report, in order to falsify data. The study has cost 250,000 euros, European public money, and consisted of interviews with more than 500 experts, lawyers, social workers, adoptive parents and adopted children. The study focused on the state of play of adoptions in the 27 EU member states. The final conclusion of the report was that clearly there was an urgent need to establish the European Agency for Adoption.


In reality, however, this conclusion proved to be a factual lie, for which officials of the European Commission signed, under the pressure of lobby groups in several Western countries with direct interest in the reopening of international adoptions from Romania. The study and the report were prepared by the law firm DBB - Demolin - Brulard – Barthelemy in Brussels, an associate of the French law firm PDGB.


Here is the stupefying testimony of one of the experts who prepared the country studies and the European Commission's report. "We were asked to conduct a study and a report identifying the needs of children, social services, the needs of the adopters and solutions for each country in order to improve the adoption and care system. We developed a questionnaire for each EU country. Then we interviewed over 500 subjects. Most of them answered they want better social protection, support for adopted children, post adoption assistance for adoptive parents after adoption, and some country-specific problems. There was only one question on whether it is necessary to establish a European Agency for adoptions. Only a few lawyers, out of the 500 subjects considered the new agency as necessary. Finally, we presented the conclusions and the report to the European Commission. When they saw the results they went mad at us and refused to acknowledge the study and its recommendations. They said the study would only be accepted if we would follow their main recommendation of setting up a European Agency for Adoption. Or, in reality, only a few had said such an agency would be good. Our firm’s prestige was at stake. We have been forced in the end to accept this conclusion, although it is not the reality. However they added whatever they wanted. We have been put in a situation with no alternative, because our company has several contracts with the European Commission and other European institutions. We could also risk losing these as customers. If we did not do it, they would have gone to another company and get the result they were looking for. "If you don’t make the recommendation about the new agency, you do not get your money” - this was the message of the European Commission ", Jurnalul National was told, on condition of anonymity, by one of the experts directly involved in the realization of the research and the report.


Lying was necessary for the lobby groups and adoption agencies in order to establish the "adoption market." "European States would have a limit, for example of two years, in which the children can stay in care, after which they would become adoptable. First in their country, and after a period of time they get on the European list. If not adopted this second time, then the children are put on the international adoption list. Such a system would take away the responsibility of the Member States to provide care for children temporarily or permanently deprived of parental care (UN Convention Rights of the Child). A European Adoption Agency – as EU institution staffed by EU civil servants – would take all responsibility away from national Member states and would create a full fledged free market. Adoption agencies from all over the world would be competing to get the children. Member States will have less incentives to create appropriate care for children, or to place children back into their own families, invoking that having the children adopted will save a lot of money on child protection and social protection costs. It is important to realize that children in care, foster and residential, have families and mostly are in contact with them. Adoption changes identity and cuts permanently all family ties”, said European official Roelie Post, seconded to the NGO Against Child Trafficking. She says the number of children legally adopted internationally has declined. Since Romania's accession to EU, the number of children available for adoption decreased worldwide from 40,000 to 20,000 per year. A future European Adoptions Agency will also have the problem of legality, because the EU has no legal powers on the issue of international adoptions, which are directly regulated by protocols between the Member States, and work under national competence.


Roelie Post followed this phenomenon and she believes that the report was meant to be used in the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. Without success so far, the EU strategy on children's rights, announced since 2006, but not yet finalized. The initiative was called "the Frattini strategy”, then Vice President of the European Commission, and who concretized the fake report of the EC in 2010. Roelie Post wrote a book about the export of Romanian ‘orphans’ until the introduction of Law 273 and 274 of 2004 that stopped the business with adoptions from Romania.

The book and more information can be found at: http://www.romania-forexportonly.eu
http://againstchildtrafficking.org

 

Source: Jurnalul National | 3 décembre 2010


L'Europe veut plus d'adoptions.
La baisse de l'offre d'enfants pour ceux-qui-veulent-devenir-parents mène à une nouvelle politique européenne.
Via United Adoptees International.

 

 

ENQUÊTE POUR ABUS DE POUVOIR DE LA COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

 

Nine Kooiman.jpgSP-Tweede Kamerlid Nine Kooiman en SP-europarlementariër Dennis de Jong willen opheldering over het bericht dat de Europese Commissie over de hoofden van adoptiekinderen probeert meer macht naar zich toe te trekken. Een Roemeense kwaliteitskrant onthulde vandaag dat de Europese Commissie onderzoekers onder druk heeft gezet om te concluderen dat er behoefte bestaat aan een Europees Adoptie Agentschap terwijl het onderliggende onderzoek die conclusie niet staaft. Kooiman: 'We kennen allemaal de zucht naar meer middelen en meer macht van de Europese Commissie, maar dat de problemen rond adoptie daarvoor gebruikt worden, zou ik verschrikkelijk vinden. Juist adoptiekinderen verdienen extra bescherming en zorgvuldigheid.'

 

Adoptieschandalen in het verleden zijn voor Roemenië aanleiding geweest te stoppen met interlandelijke adopties. Nu zouden er pogingen worden ondernemen Roemenië te dwingen de grenzen voor adopties weer te openen. De geruchten over het tot stand brengen van een Europees adoptiebeleid zijn er al langer. Kooiman: 'Ik heb daar recent nog een aantal kritische vragen over gesteld maar die zijn nog niet beantwoord. Maar deze onthulling van vandaag gaat nog verder dan wat ik al vermoedde.'

 

De SP is er geen voorstander van interlandelijke adopties Europees te gaan stimuleren, omdat het uitgangspunt moet zijn dat kinderen zoveel mogelijk in hun oorspronkelijke omgeving op kunnen groeien. Adoptie uit het buitenland is bovendien een kwetsbaar proces. Kooiman: 'Als het waar is dat de Europese Commissie onderzoeksresultaten manipuleert hebben we een probleem. Niet alleen omdat het onacceptabel is dat onderzoeken worden aangepast zodat Europa meer macht naar zich toe kan trekken. Maar vooral omdat het hier gaat om kwetsbare kinderen. Het belang van het kind moet voorop staan, niet het belang van de Europese Commissie.'

 

Kooiman heeft schriftelijke vragen gesteld aan de staatssecretaris van Buitenlandse Zaken en de staatssecretaris van Justitie, die over adoptie gaat.

 

Bron : SP. Socialistische Partij. Nederland. 03-12-2010.

 

 

SP vraagt opheldering over mogelijk machtsmisbruik Europese Commissie inzake adoptiebeleid
Europa nu  3.12.2010

 

European Adoption Agency
De Wereld is van Iedereen, 4.12.2010

Beaucoup de documents dans "Comparative study on adoption procedures in the Member States of the European Union - 16/12/2009" pour finalement arriver à 1 seule conclusion : la possibilité d'une Agence européenne de l'adoption.
Tout les citoyens européens peuvent consulter les documents de cette étude comparative sur  "European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters"
A la page 209 du rapport de synthèse : "Creation of a European adoption agency".

En novembre 2006, lors d'un colloque à Bruxelles organisé par l'Alliance des Libéraux et Démocratiques d'Europe, Mme Claire Gibault et Mr Jean-Marie Cavada (Députés européens) préconisaient déjà une "Agence Européenne de l'Adoption".