The European Parliament will press Romania to end with the lack of protection of the more than 200 children of Romanian origin who live in Spain at the expense of the State without documentation. The commission of Petitions of the European Parliament has accepted this Thursday to keep open a claim that demands solutions for the minors, whose guardianship was withdrawn to their biological parents -rumanos- and now they reside in centers or with host families. They do not have a document proving their nationality; some only have their birth certificate. All of them are deprived of basic rights such as traveling outside the country, federating in sports teams or receiving certain benefits. MEPs will send letters to the Spanish and Romanian governments urging them to take action to put an end to the situation of helplessness in which they live, in some cases for a decade.
As the host families of some of the children have been denounced in the Hemicycle, the obstacles of Romania are the main obstacle to their bureaucratic normalization, although they believe that Spain is not exempt from responsibility and must be more forceful when demanding Romania a satisfactory arrangement for families and minors. Their circumstances are diverse, some have not even completed one year, others are approaching the age of majority. Some were born in Spain and were not registered in the consulate after childbirth, so their nationality has not been proven, but there are also those who came with documentation, but did not renew it.
Justi Carretero, president of the Association of Host Families of Spain (Fades), which brings together a hundred families, has been one of those who took the floor in Brussels. Criticizes that Bucharest does not recognize them, but does not give facilities to reject the Romanian nationality of children, an indispensable requirement so that they can receive Spanish. They are thus submerged in a legal limbo. Neither Romanian nor Spanish. "The blockade sometimes comes from crazy requests, such as questioning paternity in the certificate," laments Carretero.
The letter from the European deputies will serve to denounce the discrimination suffered by minors. "It is a very serious situation, but it is easy to solve if the Government of Romania overcomes the apathy, incompetence or lack of political will that has led it, they only have to give the citizenship to those children or formally refuse to give it to them. demands the MEP Beatriz Becerra, coordinator of the Liberal group in the Petitions Committee. "I am committed to mobilizing all actions within our reach to urge the Romanian EU presidency to take action on the matter before the end of the legislature," he adds.
If there is no solution before the new tenants of the European Parliament take office after the elections next May 26, the request would have to be remitted to follow its course. The instruments available to pressure states are scarce. The letter is usually the first step, and sending missions with MEPs, the next move when there is no progress. The pretense, both of the host families and of the parliamentarians, is that the case could be closed before thanks to the Romanian collaboration, hitherto entirely ineffective.
Sources from the consular section of the Romanian Embassy explained a few weeks ago to EL PAÍS that their priority is "repatriating minors", regardless of the time spent in Spain. Therefore, they try to find relatives there and, in case they want to take care of the children and meet the conditions to do so, send them back. If this is not possible, they say that they can document the minors provisionally. The host families complain, however, that the processes are delayed for years without providing a solution to the children.
Along with Carretero, Fernando Carvajal, head of the Family and Children Service in the Province of Guadalajara, and Andrés Roig and Noemí Piles, foster parents, traveled to Brussels. Liberal MEP Teresa Giménez Barbat has sponsored her arrival in the community capital. "It is a scandalous situation, they can not enjoy the basic rights of Europeans such as freedom of movement, the EU can not abandon them to their fate," he insisted during the session in the European Parliament.