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Fidesz MEP: EP proposal on recognition of parenthood ‘ideological and political overreach’

European parliamentary draft legislation that would ensure recognition by all EU member states of parental legal status if a particular EU country establishes it, irrespective of how a child was conceived, born or the type of their family, "is ideological and political overreach", an MEP of ruling Fidesz said in Strasbourg on Thursday.

When parenthood is established by an EU country, all other member states would have to recognise it to ensure that children enjoyed the same rights under national law, the EP said in a press release on Thursday.

MEP Erno Schaller-Boros said in his speech during the debate that plans to introduce a European Certificate of Parenthood went against European treaties that placed the definition of family in the hands of member states.

Schaller-Boros said the draft legislation went against the constitutions of many member states, including Hungary’s Fundamental Law.

“You insist time and again that you have no intention of undermining the traditional Christian family model, but then always prove the opposite,” he said, adding that the Fidesz EP delegation would not vote for the proposal.

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