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President Basescu at the European Commission, 22 April 2010

Friday, 30 March 2007

After one month...

The book is out now since one months and sales are not bad at all. The book is now also available in bookshops, for example Waterstone's in Brussels.

The book already found its way to 20 countries:

Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Burkina Fasso, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, the United States, Finland, Italy, United Kingdom, Zwitserland. And of course Romania.

The Guardian published this week the above cartoon to illustrate the Bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK.

Tuesday, 20 March 2007


Over the years numerous people suggested me to write a book. Here it is: the story of Romania’s institutionalised children, for many years wrongly called ‘orphans’ or ‘abandoned’ and the pressure to have those children freed for international adoption. A story about global politics and private interests.

In 1999, employed by the European Commission, I started working on the ‘Romanian children dossier’. Romania was known for having over 100.000 children in large residential care institutions, where the living conditions were appalling. My task would be to monitor Romania’s child protection from a human rights’ perspective in the framework of Romania’s future accession to the European Union. Furthermore the Commission would offer financial support to improve the situation. I entered a world I did not understand at first.

Soon I felt something was wrong with the adoption system.
The Romanian government, after criticism of the European Commission and the European Parliament, halted intercountry adoptions in 2001 and started to review its legislation. The international pressure, from a small group of people who wanted to re-open intercountry adoption, was extremely ferocious.


The Year 1999 - Crisis
The Year 2000 - Forwards
The Year 2001 - Change
The Year 2002 - Progress & Resistance
The Year 2003 - EU Know-How
The Year 2004 - Children’s Rights are Law
The Year 2005 - Guerilla War
The Year 2006 - Open War
Acronyms & Initialism

Saturday, 3 March 2007


The book has found its way to places as Australia, Jordan, Morocco, Greece, France, the UK, Portugal, Ireland, the United States, Finland, Italy, Zwitserland, Belgium and the Netherlands. And of course Romania.

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