The Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament met to discuss and act on the request submitted by Amici dei Bambini through the petition No. 1120/2009 to take all measures necessary to ensure that the Romanian authorities recognize intercountry adoption as a legitimate and necessary way of finding families for abandoned children who could no be adopted in Romania.

The first petitioner, the President of Amici dei Bambini Marco Griffini, explained in his speech the reasons behind the petition and his disappointment fo the inaction of the Romanian Government for coping with the worrying conditions of Romanian abandoned children, whose number cannot be absorbed by national adoption.

One of the solutions proposed by Marco Griffini consists of considering a gradual reopening of inter-country adoptions at least for certain categories of children who, because of their age, health condition and ethnic origin will not be adopted in Romania (special needs).

Romanian MEPs members of the Committee (Adina Valean, Elena Basescu and Victor Bostinaru) reacted sharply excluding unanimously the withdrawal of the moratorium blocking international adoption and urging the incompetence of the European Commission as well as the the European Parliament to deal with this issue.

The Chairwoman of the Committee on Petitions, Erminia Mazzoni, and the Italian MEP Patrizia Toia led the debate to more constructive channels and mutual understanding, stressing that the focus should be the interest of all to protect children and their right to have a family in Romania as well as in all other European Union Countries.

Thereby the Committee succeeded in reaching an agreement: it formally rejected the petition but it underlined the importance and the positive aim of this initiative.

The Committee decided that in the near future will schedule on the agenda of coordinators of political groups the issue of protection of children without families, recognizing its emergency as well as the need to address it at an European level.

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