Tuesday, August 29, 2023


The U.S. State Department has now issued its 2023 Action Report on International Child Abduction.

Romania has been declared by the State Department to be non-compliant with the Hague Abduction Convention.

The State Department has reported to Congress that within the past year it has taken the following actions in this regard against Romania:

·       Department officials, in Washington, DC, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, continued to raise concerns about Romania’s demonstration of a pattern of noncompliance with Government of Romania officials.

·       In October 2022, Department officials and U.S. Embassy Bucharest officials met with the Romanian Central Authority to raise concerns over the lack of enforcement of Convention return orders, as well as judicial delays. In May 2023, the Senior Consular Representative at the U.S. Mission to the European Union informed the EU of Romania’s citation.

·       In May 2023, the Office of the Spokesperson released a media note to announce the release of the 2023 Annual Report on International Child Abduction and listed Romania as a country cited for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance.

·       On June 13, 2023, U.S. Embassy Bucharest delivered a demarche to the Romanian government stating the Department had cited Romania in the 2023 Annual Report for demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance and requesting assistance in resolving the existing abduction cases.

Jeremy D. Morley has provided expert evidence to courts in several U.S. states on such matters concerning Romania.