Tiziano Motti: The MEP who safeguarded international child abduction in Italy
By Space Coast Daily // September 2, 2019
Child safety is one of the most pertinent issues in the world today, with several cases of child abduction gaining prominence in recent times. There’s a constant need to revisit laws, rules, and regulations which aim to protect children, their rights and interests.
As a member of the European Parliament, Tiziano Motti steadily worked towards safeguarding children in Italy, with specific emphasis on international abductions.
Since Italy is a member state of the 1980 Hauge Convention and follows the European Convention of Human Rights, there are several safeguards in force against international child abduction.
If a child is abducted from Italy, then law dictates that the parent can obtain repatriation of the child. Apart from the existing precautions, a task force can be formed whose primary prerogative is to help prevent and solve cases that are related to international child abduction.
In a specific case, Motti along with several other PPEs moved the Commission against an international child abduction case where parents of different nationalities were embroiled in a long drawn legal tussle.
The daughter of an Italian citizen was taken away from him by his wife, who was a citizen of the Czech Republic. While the case was firmly in favor of the husband, the final verdict was still pending.
Motti and his fellows asked the Commission, to exert pressure on the Member States to facilitate international enforcement of final rulings of courts.
He asked for closer judicial cooperation, especially in sensitive cases that involved children. Motti added, “It is abundantly clear that adequate measures need to be taken to strengthen the laws that protect children, especially to safeguard their interests with regards to international abductions.”
Tiziano Motti is a man whose actions speak louder than words. Apart from his continued effort to safeguard children both within Italy and beyond its borders, he also initiated several measures to promote the use of surveillance systems in preschools to help prevent ill-treatment and violence against minors. It was extended to hospitals and homes for the elderly as well.
Tiziano Motti used his goodwill and resources to help galvanize laws. He had authored a resolution to help create a European Rapid Alert System against pedophiles and sex offenders, which was approved in June 2010. This resolution had far-reaching consequences which echoed the European directives towards tightening security and laws to safeguard children.
Motti’s relentless efforts helped him touch millions of lives, as he continued to lead the charge towards a safer tomorrow.
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