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CM(2007)44 Corrigendum1 30 March 20072
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993 Meeting, 11 April 2007
10 Legal questions


10.2 European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) -

Draft European Convention on the adoption of children (revised) –

Invitation to the Parliamentary Assembly to give an opinion

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Introduction

At its 77th meeting in May 2002, the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) entrusted the Committee of Experts on Family Law (CJ-FA) with the task of examining the European Convention on the Adoption of Children (ETS No. 58). For this purpose, the Working Party on Adoption was set up in early 2003 with the task of drafting a report containing detailed proposals on the feasibility of reviewing the European Convention on the Adoption of Children. The Working Party concluded, in its final activity report on adoption, that a new (revised) convention on the adoption of children should be drafted as soon as possible.

At its 79th meeting in May 2004, the CDCJ adopted new terms of reference for the CJ-FA, which instructed the latter to prepare, for the attention of the CDCJ, a new convention on the adoption of children, taking into account the final report containing detailed proposals for the revision of the 1967 European Convention on the Adoption of Children (ETS No. 58) and the submissions made by the member states. At the 890th meeting of the Deputies on 30 June 2004, the Committee of Ministers approved these new terms of reference for the CJ-FA.

The draft of the revised convention and its explanatory report were prepared by the Working Party on Adoption, during two meetings in April and July 2006. They were amended and approved by the CJ-FA during its 36th meeting on 15- 17 November 2006 and by the CDCJ during its 82nd meeting on 26 February - 1 March 2007.

This document contains the revised Council of Europe Convention on the Adoption of Children.

Note 1 The amendments appear in bold.
Note 2 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. It was declassified at the 993rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (10, 11 and 12 April 2007) (see CM/Del/Dec(2007)993/10.2).


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