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MEPs look for relaxation
of EU adoption rules
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:58 AM
MEPs in Strasbourg are
calling for the easing of restrictions on adoptions in EU countries such
They want prospective parents to be able to adopt a child from another
EU country other than their own.
The MEPs say the problem of abandoned children has become increasingly
serious and pressing in some EU countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and
In 2007, Romania banned foreign adoptions despite a continuing interest
among Irish couples to adopt children from there.
Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly said it was imperative that something was done
to allow inter-country adoption within the EU.
"These children either finish up in institutions where they have
very difficult lives, or are picked up by people who exploit them and
sell them on for sexual exploitation," he said.
"We should open up the situation for good parents who want to adopt
children,...rather than putting a complete ban on them."
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