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Foreign Ministry discusses again Bodnariu child protection case with Norway’s ambassador

High officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) discussed again on Friday with Norway’s ambassador to Bucharest Tove Bruvik Westberg; both parties agreed on the importance of sustained cooperation in the case of Bodnariu family, the MAE stated in a release to Agerpres.

According to this document, the meeting followed some continued approaches of the MAE, including correspondence and high-level talks between the Romanian and Norwegian foreign ministries.

“The MAE, through its diplomatic mission in Oslo, acted to materialize the initiative of organizing a parliamentary visit to the Kingdom of Norway. This visit is expected to take place in the near future. The Romanian ambassador to Norway will also discuss with representatives of the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion on January 13,” the release mentions.

The Romanian embassy in Oslo is keeping in contact with the Bodnarius and their lawyer.

“Both the Bodnariu family and their lawyer, and the Norwegian embassy in Bucharest, too, insisted on observing the principle of confidentiality, as a basic principle for proceedings in such cases,” the MAE reminds.

Upon the MAE’s request, the Romanian National Authority for Children Rights Protection and Adoption (ANDPCA) ordered a social inquiry, following which it decided to propose the Norwegian part the integration of the children into the father’s extended family in Romania.

All the documents made available by the ANPCA has been send urgently through the Romanian embassy in Oslo to all the relevant Norwegian authority and to the family’s lawyer, to be used in the ongoing legal proceedings in local courts, the release mentions.

The Norwegian Child Welfare Services took the Bodnarius’ four elder children in custody on November 16 last year, and their 3-month infant on November 17. According to Romania’s Ombudsman, the children are to be offered for adoption to Norwegian families, following accusations of violence and religious coercion perpetrated against them by the parents.

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