The MEP Tatyana Zhdanok participated in drafting the resolution, said: "Made the most important step in protecting families with children. We have made the decision of the European Parliament on the issue of removal of children from their parents and establishing child custody. These questions were raised for years in hundreds of cases reviewed by the Committee on petitions. Including a lot of reasonable complaints came from our Latvian countrymen. Today's decision is actually an indication for the European Commission, in which direction it needs to change the EU regulations. This summer will be a revised regulation, which regulates the custody of the child in cases when his parents were citizens of different countries. Labour migration in the European Union, primarily from Eastern Europe to the rich countries of Western Europe, led to the increase in the number of mixed families. Respectively, increased the total number of conflicts in families whose members have different nationalities or do not live in your country of citizenship.
The analysis of complaints received from citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and other Eastern European States, shows that one of the most painful issues is the refusal of the state in whose territory the child was taken away from the family to refer the case to the jurisdiction of the court of the state whose citizen is the child. The reason is the vague wording of the current EU regulation. At my insistence, the resolution of the European Parliament included the requirement to give a detailed interpretation of the concept of "usual place of residence of the child" and to oblige the authorities of the state of residence of the family immediately inform the consular post of the state whose citizen is the child of intention to separate him from his parents. In the future such a tragedy, what happened to Laila horseshoe estate, should not be repeated. The fate of children in Latvia need to decide the courts of Latvia".
In the adopted resolution the European Parliament called on the European Commission and the member States of the EU to cooperate with NGOs, as well as to create a single European hotline for assistance to families with children living in another state and facing legal problems.