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September 25, 2021

Romanian parliamentary delegation continues working visit to Norway

A Romanian parliamentary delegation discussed with Norwegian MPs the necessity of constant bilateral cooperation to solve cases of Romanian families living in Norway who came to the attention of the local child protection services .

According to a release sent to Agerpres, the working visit to Norway of a delegation of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate continued on Thursday at the Stortinget (Norway’s Parliament) with working meetings with the prime vice-president of the Labour and Social Affairs Committee Erlend Wiborg and with members of this committee, as well as with the president of the Friendship Group with Romania of the Norwegian legislative, Ulf Leirstein, alongside other members of the group and of other parliamentary committees.

During the talks, the Romanian MPs have also approached the situation of the Romanian nationals who work in Norway and the specific problems they do encounter on the labour market, the legislative amendments initiated by the Norwegian side in this respect, the social protection, pay, unemployment and other issues.

The Romanian senators, members of the delegation, have submitted a letter from the Romanian Senate’s Speaker, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, addressed to the Speaker of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen, in support for the resolving of the Bodnariu children case and of other similar situations, and the representatives of the Chamber of Deputies’ Committee for the communities of Romanians from abroad have made their Norwegian counterparts an invitation to visit Romania in order to continue the dialogue started in Oslo.

Also on Thursday, the delegation participated in a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian community in Norway, at the Romanian Embassy in Oslo.

According to the release, during this meeting the sides discussed solutions to allow the reunification of families whose children were taken over by the Norwegian Child Protection Service (Barnevernet); the introduction of the correspondence vote; the conditions on the labour market for the Romanian workers; the wish to continue the existing special relationship between Romania and Norway, etc.

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