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MEPs look for relaxation of EU adoption rules

Irish Examiner, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:58 AM

MEPs in Strasbourg are calling for the easing of restrictions on adoptions in EU countries such as Romania.

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 Italy.

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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