In May 2007 the first meeting of the network of German-Polish mediators took place in Berlin, which received financial support from the German Ministry of Justice.
The goal of this project has been and continues to be the establishment of an active network of mediators to be able to refer qualified bilingual co-mediation pairs quickly and efficiently in cases of child abduction, but also in cases concerning German-Polish custody and visitation conflicts.
The German and Polish mediators take part in trainings in the area of “mediations in bi-national conflicts involving parents and children,” sharing their experiences and working methods.
Since 2007, there have been regular meetings of the project group, alternately in Poland (organized by the Lower Silesian Mediation Association DOM) and in Germany (organized by MiKK e.V.). The meetings took place in May 2007 in Berlin, October 2007 in Wroclaw, October 2008 in Berlin and September 2009 in Wroclaw. The fifth meeting is scheduled for 5-6 November 2010 in Berlin.
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Participating in this project are over 50 Polish and German mediators, as well as Polish and German judges (see also the Wustrauer Declaration of 18 January 2008), representatives of the ministries of Justice in Warsaw and Berlin, the Polish and the German Central Authority, the Office for Polish Civil Rights, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Berlin, the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Hamburg, the representative of the ombudsman for children’s rights in Poland, the International Social Service, and until mid-2009, the European Parliament Mediator for International Parental Child Abduction Cases.
The Wroclaw Declaration was issued in October 2007 as part of the German-Polish project. In addition, the Viadrina Declarationwas released at a German-Polish symposium in Frankfurt-Oder in which project mediators participated in October 2008.
In 2009, a German-Polish ministerial group was also founded to work on cross-border mediation. This group met for the first time with representatives from both countries in Berlin in December 2009.
Articles about the German-Polish project:
Kiesewetter, S., Kleim, M. & Paul, C.C. (2009). Das deutsch-polnische Mediationsprojekt. In: C.C. Paul & S. Kiesewetter (Hrsg.) Mediation bei internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten. München: Beck, 161-170
Kiesewetter, S. (2009). 7th European Conference on Family Law “International Family Mediation”. Emerging good practices in the Polish-German mediation project / Bonnes pratiques émergentes dans le cadre du projet de la médiation germano-polonaise. Abrufbar auf englisch: http://www.coe.int und auf französisch: http://www.coe.int
Sobczyk, Konrad / Lack-Strecker, Jutta / Kiesewetter, Sybille (2007): Deutsch-polnische (Ver-)Bindungen – Das Projekt “Mediation in deutsch-polnischen Kindschaftskonflikten”. In: ZKJ 7/8 2007, S. 328-329, PDF-Datei, 1,8 MB
Informations by ITAKA about child abduction in Poland. PDF broschure Parental Abductions
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