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February 26, 2021

Senator Ardelean: Approval of draft report on Barnevernet and united family, great victory

Liberal Senator Ben-Oni Ardelean (photo) hailed on Friday a decision of the Social Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to draft a report on keeping families united, in reference to Norway’s child protection agency; he called it a matter of a matter of national dignity.

“Yesterday [Thursday] in Paris, the meeting of the Council of Europe was a great victory as regard the approval of a report on Norway case. It is a matter that transcends the area of particular interest matters, I believe it is a matter of national dignity and I guess that the national interest is to promote anywhere worldwide in the various forums everything about the values we have and, in particular, the defence of our citizens. It is a constitutional duty and responsibility to defend our Romanian citizens, and also a moral duty to take care of these five children that are Romanian citizens; their father is a Romanian citizen,” the National Liberal Party (PNL) senator stated in a press conference, referring to the Bodnariu family’s case. The Barnevernet has taken the five Bodnariu children away from their parents last November. Mr. Bodnariu, the father, is a Romanian citizen; his wife is Norwegian.

Senator Ardelean said that the Norwegian side tried to delay the matter, but the vote in the committee was overwhelming in favour of adopting this motion for a resolution.

As for the Bodnariu family, the PNL senator said that two weeks ago, the two spouses were assessed by three psychologists who would draft a favourable report.

“I believe it is a great success, apart from the family’s drama; it revealed on national and international level matters on the family role, on how one should raise their kids (…). Romania went extremely well. We have received congratulations from representatives of several countries which never before congratulated us on anything. We have proven unity on an international level,” added the PNL senator.

According to him, the draft report is called ‘Ensuring balance between child’s interest and need to keep families united’, an approach embodying the motion for resolution Ardelean has submitted in January 2016 alongside senators Titus Corlatean and Viorel Badea, members of the Romanian Delegation to the PACE, an initiative supported by representatives of 14 countries.

The PACE Report will analyse to what extent the abusive actions of the child protection social services (Barnevernet) of Norway in the past years, including the Bodnariu family case, are compatible to the relevant standards of the Council of Europe, and the resolution that synthesizes the contents of the report make recommendations to the authorities in Oslo.

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