The Foreign Affairs Ministry via the Romanian embassy in Oslo “knows and is closely monitoring” the situation of the family of a Romanian national whose five underage children were taken by the child protection authorities in Norway, the ministry said in a release to Agerpres on Saturday.
“To this effect, the Romanian diplomatic mission in Oslo has been in constant contact with the concerned family so as to grant consular support and assistance. Furthermore, the Embassy has made relevant moves to officials in the Norwegian foreign ministry and Norwegian Parliament. The children’s parents hired a lawyer on their own expenses, who is specialised in settling such cases and who represents them at the judicial procedures currently under way in local courts, with the purpose of exercising the parental authority over the five children”, the release explains.
Romania, via its Foreign Ministry, informed the National Authority for the Protection of Child’s Rights and Adoption about the case and organised consultations among the institutions with a view to assessing the possibilities of support and intervention at a bilateral level, the document added.
“Given the explicit request of the family to avoid media coverage of the details of the case, the Foreign Ministry is not able to offer further information. The Romanian Embassy in Oslo is closely monitoring the development of the case and is further ready to offer the necessary consular assistance, within the limits of its legal competence and in observance of the Norwegian legal framework, which includes specific instructions and procedural norms different from the Romanian law as regards the protection of the child’s rights”, the ministry underscored.