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2011/0441(NLE) Hague Convention (1980) on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: accession of Gabon

Progress: Awaiting final decision

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead JURI HAUTALA Heidi (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE) ZWIEFKA Tadeusz (icon: PPE PPE), HONEYBALL Mary (icon: S&D S&D), DZHAMBAZKI Angel (icon: ECR ECR), CAVADA Jean-Marie (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 081-p3, TFEU 218

Events

2015/02/11
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2015/02/11
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 657 votes to 47, with 2 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on the declaration of acceptance by the Member States, in the interest of the European Union, of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Parliament approved the proposal for a Council decision and the acceptance of the accession.

Documents
2015/02/10
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2015/01/22
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Legal Affairs adopted the report by Heidi HAUTALA (Greens/EFA, FI) on the proposal for a Council decision on the declaration of acceptance by the Member States, in the interest of the European Union, of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

The Convention introduces a system of cooperation between the contracting states aimed at settling cases of international child abduction.

In the case of divorce, it may often be that the courts in both of the states concerned declare themselves competent, with each of them awarding custody of the child to the parent who is a national of their state.

The purpose of the Convention is to resolve such situations at an international level, by establishing that the competent courts and applicable laws are those of the state of residence of the child . The Convention also introduces a system which ensures the immediate return of children who have been abducted .

The EU now has exclusive external competence in this field as confirmed by the Court of Justice in Opinion 1/13. The Member States therefore no longer act on their own account.

The problem is that the Convention does not provide for autonomous action by international organisations. This has rendered necessary a Council Decision calling on Member States to accept – each in respect of their own territory – the accession of Gabon to the Convention, and hence the effective entry into force of the Convention in cases involving the EU and that country (many EU citizens are of Gabonese origin). Children with links to the Gabonese community will thus be safeguarded against abduction.

Therefore, the committee recommended that the European Parliament approve the proposed Council Decision and approve the acceptance of the accession of Gabon.

Documents
2015/01/20
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2014/12/08
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2014/11/24
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2014/11/04
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2014/09/03
   EP - HAUTALA Heidi (Verts/ALE) appointed as rapporteur in JURI
2011/12/21
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to adopt, in the interest of the EU, a declaration of acceptance by the Member States of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

BACKGROUND: the aim of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, to date ratified by 86 countries, including all EU Member States, is to restore the status quo by mean of the prompt return of wrongfully removed or retained children through a system of cooperation among central authorities appointed by its Contracting Parties.

As the prevention of child abduction is an essential part of the EU policy to promote the rights of the child, the European Union is active at international level to improve the application of the 1980 Convention and encourages third States to accede it.

Gabon deposited the accession instrument to the 1980 Convention on 6 December 2010. The Convention entered into force in Gabon on 1 March 2011.

Article 38(4) of the 1980 Convention stipulates that the Convention applies between the acceding country and such Contracting States as will have declared their acceptance of the accession. Therefore, the EU has to decide whether to accept the accession of Gabon, and if so, Member States must make the declaration of acceptance concerning Gabon's accession in the interest of the European Union.

This is the purpose of the proposal.

The decision whether the Member States should accept Gabon's accession to the 1980 Convention has to be taken by means of a Council Decision, adopted unanimously after consulting the European Parliament.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment has been undertaken.

LEGAL BASIS: Article 218 and 81(3) TFEU.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes that Member States deposit simultaneously, and no later than two months from the date of adoption, a declaration of acceptance of the accession of Gabon to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the interest of the European Union.

Exclusive external competence of the EU : in accordance with the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice, the matter of international child abduction falls into the exclusive external competence of the EU, because of the adoption of internal Union legislation by means of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (the Brussels IIa Regulation), which applies between Member States from 1 March 2005. The Regulation introduces even stricter rules than the 1980 Hague Convention on parental child abduction, particularly in Article 11 of the Regulation. It refers directly to the Hague Convention and upholds its principles in European Union law.

Simultaneous adoption : the 1980 Convention was adopted more than 20 years before the Brussels IIa Regulation and thus does not contain any provision allowing the accession of International Organisations like the European Union . Member States have to ratify or accede to the Convention in the interest of the European Union.

Therefore, the Member States should declare, in the interest of the European Union, the acceptance regarding Gabon's accession to the 1980 Hague Convention. For the sake of coherence and uniformity of Union law, this declaration of acceptance should be made simultaneously by the Member States within a time frame established by the Council Decision. The Commission proposes no later than 2 months after the adoption of the Council Decision.

Central authority : it is crucial for the practical application of the 1980 Convention that a Contracting Party designates a Central Authority to discharge the duties which are imposed by the Convention upon such authorities. All Member States have designated Central Authorities under the 1980 Convention. To date, Gabon has not yet designated the Central Authority that is needed to assist the European citizens in cases of wrongful removal of children to Gabon. Therefore, it is desirable that the declaration of acceptance of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Convention takes effect upon the designation of the Central Authority by Gabon .

Territorial provisions : in accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of the Protocol on the position of Denmark, Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implication for the European Union budget.

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0007/2015 - Heidi Hautala - Vote unique

2015/02/11 Outcome: +: 657, -: 47, 0: 2
DE IT ES PL RO GB FR CZ PT HU EL BE AT NL BG SE FI HR SK LT IE DK LV SI LU EE CY MT
Total
91
66
51
48
32
69
69
21
21
21
20
20
18
23
16
19
12
11
11
10
10
10
8
7
6
6
6
4
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211
2

Denmark PPE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg PPE

3

Estonia PPE

For (1)

1
icon: S&D S&D
180

Netherlands S&D

2

Croatia S&D

2
3

Ireland S&D

For (1)

1

Latvia S&D

1

Luxembourg S&D

For (1)

1

Estonia S&D

For (1)

1

Cyprus S&D

2

Malta S&D

2
icon: ECR ECR
68

Czechia ECR

2

Greece ECR

For (1)

1

Netherlands ECR

For (1)

1

Bulgaria ECR

1

Finland ECR

2

Croatia ECR

For (1)

1

Lithuania ECR

1

Latvia ECR

For (1)

1
icon: ALDE ALDE
59

Romania ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

Lithuania ALDE

2

Ireland ALDE

For (1)

1

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

1

Estonia ALDE

3
icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL
48

United Kingdom GUE/NGL

1

France GUE/NGL

2

Netherlands GUE/NGL

3

Sweden GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Finland GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Denmark GUE/NGL

For (1)

1

Cyprus GUE/NGL

2
icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
48

United Kingdom Verts/ALE

5

Hungary Verts/ALE

2

Belgium Verts/ALE

2

Austria Verts/ALE

3

Netherlands Verts/ALE

2

Finland Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Croatia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Lithuania Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Denmark Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Latvia Verts/ALE

1

Slovenia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Luxembourg Verts/ALE

For (1)

1

Estonia Verts/ALE

For (1)

1
icon: EFDD EFDD
42

Poland EFDD

1

France EFDD

1

Czechia EFDD

For (1)

1

Sweden EFDD

2

Lithuania EFDD

2
icon: NI NI
50

Germany NI

For (1)

Against (1)

2
2

United Kingdom NI

For (1)

1

Belgium NI

Abstain (1)

1

Netherlands NI

3

Latvia NI

1
AmendmentsDossier
1 2011/0441(NLE)
2014/12/08 JURI 1 amendments...
source: 544.323

History

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  • date: 2014-11-04T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE541.445 title: PE541.445 type: Committee draft report body: EP
  • date: 2014-12-08T00:00:00 docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=COMPARL&mode=XML&language=EN&reference=PE544.323 title: PE544.323 type: Amendments tabled in committee body: EP
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  • date: 2011-12-21T00:00:00 type: Legislative proposal published body: EC docs: url: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexplus!prod!DocNumber&lg=EN&type_doc=COMfinal&an_doc=2011&nu_doc=904 title: EUR-Lex title: COM(2011)0904 summary: PURPOSE: to adopt, in the interest of the EU, a declaration of acceptance by the Member States of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision. BACKGROUND: the aim of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, to date ratified by 86 countries, including all EU Member States, is to restore the status quo by mean of the prompt return of wrongfully removed or retained children through a system of cooperation among central authorities appointed by its Contracting Parties. As the prevention of child abduction is an essential part of the EU policy to promote the rights of the child, the European Union is active at international level to improve the application of the 1980 Convention and encourages third States to accede it. Gabon deposited the accession instrument to the 1980 Convention on 6 December 2010. The Convention entered into force in Gabon on 1 March 2011. Article 38(4) of the 1980 Convention stipulates that the Convention applies between the acceding country and such Contracting States as will have declared their acceptance of the accession. Therefore, the EU has to decide whether to accept the accession of Gabon, and if so, Member States must make the declaration of acceptance concerning Gabon's accession in the interest of the European Union. This is the purpose of the proposal. The decision whether the Member States should accept Gabon's accession to the 1980 Convention has to be taken by means of a Council Decision, adopted unanimously after consulting the European Parliament. IMPACT ASSESSMENT: no impact assessment has been undertaken. LEGAL BASIS: Article 218 and 81(3) TFEU. CONTENT: the Commission proposes that Member States deposit simultaneously, and no later than two months from the date of adoption, a declaration of acceptance of the accession of Gabon to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the interest of the European Union. Exclusive external competence of the EU : in accordance with the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice, the matter of international child abduction falls into the exclusive external competence of the EU, because of the adoption of internal Union legislation by means of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility (the Brussels IIa Regulation), which applies between Member States from 1 March 2005. The Regulation introduces even stricter rules than the 1980 Hague Convention on parental child abduction, particularly in Article 11 of the Regulation. It refers directly to the Hague Convention and upholds its principles in European Union law. Simultaneous adoption : the 1980 Convention was adopted more than 20 years before the Brussels IIa Regulation and thus does not contain any provision allowing the accession of International Organisations like the European Union . Member States have to ratify or accede to the Convention in the interest of the European Union. Therefore, the Member States should declare, in the interest of the European Union, the acceptance regarding Gabon's accession to the 1980 Hague Convention. For the sake of coherence and uniformity of Union law, this declaration of acceptance should be made simultaneously by the Member States within a time frame established by the Council Decision. The Commission proposes no later than 2 months after the adoption of the Council Decision. Central authority : it is crucial for the practical application of the 1980 Convention that a Contracting Party designates a Central Authority to discharge the duties which are imposed by the Convention upon such authorities. All Member States have designated Central Authorities under the 1980 Convention. To date, Gabon has not yet designated the Central Authority that is needed to assist the European citizens in cases of wrongful removal of children to Gabon. Therefore, it is desirable that the declaration of acceptance of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Convention takes effect upon the designation of the Central Authority by Gabon . Territorial provisions : in accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of the Protocol on the position of Denmark, Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not bound by it or subject to its application. BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: the proposal has no implication for the European Union budget.
  • date: 2014-11-24T00:00:00 type: Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP
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  • date: 2015-01-22T00:00:00 type: Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A8-2015-0007&language=EN title: A8-0007/2015 summary: The Committee on Legal Affairs adopted the report by Heidi HAUTALA (Greens/EFA, FI) on the proposal for a Council decision on the declaration of acceptance by the Member States, in the interest of the European Union, of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Convention introduces a system of cooperation between the contracting states aimed at settling cases of international child abduction. In the case of divorce, it may often be that the courts in both of the states concerned declare themselves competent, with each of them awarding custody of the child to the parent who is a national of their state. The purpose of the Convention is to resolve such situations at an international level, by establishing that the competent courts and applicable laws are those of the state of residence of the child . The Convention also introduces a system which ensures the immediate return of children who have been abducted . The EU now has exclusive external competence in this field as confirmed by the Court of Justice in Opinion 1/13. The Member States therefore no longer act on their own account. The problem is that the Convention does not provide for autonomous action by international organisations. This has rendered necessary a Council Decision calling on Member States to accept – each in respect of their own territory – the accession of Gabon to the Convention, and hence the effective entry into force of the Convention in cases involving the EU and that country (many EU citizens are of Gabonese origin). Children with links to the Gabonese community will thus be safeguarded against abduction. Therefore, the committee recommended that the European Parliament approve the proposed Council Decision and approve the acceptance of the accession of Gabon.
  • date: 2015-02-10T00:00:00 type: Debate in Parliament body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?secondRef=TOC&language=EN&reference=20150210&type=CRE title: Debate in Parliament
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  • date: 2015-02-11T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2015-0020 title: T8-0020/2015 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 657 votes to 47, with 2 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on the declaration of acceptance by the Member States, in the interest of the European Union, of the accession of Gabon to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Parliament approved the proposal for a Council decision and the acceptance of the accession.
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