MEPs said that the best interests of the child must be prioritised throughout proceedings. The child’s right to expression would be obtained through a clear procedure, without exerting pressure on the child, and by a specially trained expert interviewer.
MEPs also want to improve information-sharing and cooperation between member states’ judicial authorities.
Parliament’s opinion was adopted by 562 votes to 16, with 43 abstentions. The opinion will be passed onto the Council, which is responsible for taking a decision.