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European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The Dark Side of Adoption
7 November 2018

European Parliament Intergroup on Integrity, Transparency, Corruption and Organised Crime, hosted by MEPs Ana Gomes and Dennis de Jong: Documentary film screening and debate in the presence of European Commission whistle-blower Roelie Post.

Parliamentary Question about the dismissal of whistle-blower Roelie Post

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Source: Parliamentary Question in Dutch

Questions from the member Leijten (SP) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs about the dismissal of whistle-blower Roelie Post at the European Commission (submitted August 1, 2018).

Question 1

What do you think of the fact that whistle-blower Roelie Post has been dismissed by the European Commission on the basis of absence and the “non-loyal” predicate? Can you explain your answer? 1 2

Question 2

How do you judge that someone who mentions a serious misconduct, in this case child trafficking from (future) EU member states, will eventually be dismissed based on being “non-loyal”? Could you explain your answer?

Question 3

Do you realize that, due to the reasons for dismissal, she is not entitled to employment schemes, whereas she worked for 35 years at the European Commission? Could you explain your answer? (more…)

Parliamentary Questions about the whistle-blower letter from Roelie Post

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Source: Parliamentary Questions in Dutch

Questions from the member Omtzigt (CDA) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister about the whistle-blower letter from Roelie Post. (submitted July 30, 2018)


Do you remember that in the answers to earlier parliamentary questions about Roelie Post, you answered: “In 2012, the Commission published new Guidelines for Whistleblowing (SEC 2012 679 final2) with the aim of effectively applying its own rules on reporting to improve and reinforce abuses and the protection of reporters/whistle-blowers, in which the European Commission endorses the importance of a clear procedure and protection for whistle-blowers. These Guidelines mention the obligation of members of staff to report serious wrongdoings or concerns. The Guidelines mention various internal and external channels (including the European Ombudsman) for employees who wish to make known suspicions of misconduct and deal with various issues such as protective measures. 1)


Do you remember that you also replied: “the government has taken note of the broadcast [of Argos about Roelie Post], the government was not familiar with all the aspects that were discussed in the broadcast”? (more…)

Offenes Schreiben an Präsident Juncker: Roelie Post

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Deutsche Bürger haben Präsident Juncker heute eine mail geschickt.

Ihr Schreiben von 2015 ist hier zu finden:  2015

Auch zum empfehlen: Roelie Post, Das Leben eines Whistleblowers

Whistleblowing at European Level? No Protection.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

17 July 2018

Following the Dutch radio broadcasting “Roelie Post, The Life of a Whistle-blower”, parliamentary questions were addressed to the Dutch Parliament by members of the Socialist Party (SP). The English translation of the replies given by the Dutch Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs, on behalf of the Dutch Government, can be found below. Of particular interest is that it brought out something not many people realise: the “normal” European rules do not count for their own staff. (more…)


Sunday, July 15th, 2018


15 July 2018

DENNIS DE JONG (Member of the European Parliament) :

Even before the summer recess starts formally in a week, the proposals put forward by the European Commission for the protection of whistle-blowers are still being worked on. It is striking that whistle-blowers must be protected everywhere except in the European institutions themselves. The bill is not about that. It fits into a trend: the Commission, is quick to tell the Member States what they have to do, but themselves remain behind. (more…)

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

20 June 2018

Originally published in Danish, now translated in German. Hopefully one day in English.

The Adoption Business, wrested from parents, sold as orphans

Dorrit Saietz’ extra-ordinary book that includes much of Against Child Trafficking’s work.

Also, it tells “The Battle on Europe’s Children”, which started when Romania was to stop intercountry adoptions.

Including part of my story, the way I was pushed out of the European Commission.

But remained a European civil servant.

An incredible “lobby” story…

Source: Click Here

The Traffickers – Episode 6 – The Dark Side of Adoption

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

23 May 2018

Somewhere beginning 2016, Arun Dohle of Against Child Trafficking convinced me to work with the excellent team of Nelufar Hedayat and Ruhi Hamid. To help them with their investigation into the trafficking of children for adoption.

The result is impressive.


Now available on Netflix LINK in many, many countries.


Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

15 mei 2018

Tweede Kamerleden Michiel van Nispen en Renske Leijten (SP) hebben kamervragen gesteld naar aanleiding van de Argos-uitzending van 5 mei dit jaar, waarin klokkenluider Roelie Post haar verhaal deed. De vragen gaan vooral over de manier waarop Post wordt behandeld door haar werkgever: de Europese Commissie.

Post, die uit de school klapte over corruptie rondom adopties uit Roemenië, vertelde in de uitzending hoe ze na haar onthullingen bedreigd werd en nu een onderduikersbestaan leeft. De Europese Commissie erkent haar niet als klokkenluider en dreigt nu met strafmaatregelen. (more…)

Grenzen aan je kinderwens

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

9 mei 2018

Hello Radio

Mooie en integere radio.

Regiseuse Rita Horst over mijn bijdrage aan “Exportbaby” en mijn leven als klokkenluider.

Grenzen aan je kinderwens (1) In de jaren zeventig adopteerde je buitenlandse kinderen uit idealisme, maar die gedachte is reeds lang verlaten. Wat zijn de vele haken en ogen rondom adoptie? Rita Horst schreef en regisseerde de NPO-dramaserie Exportbaby en stelt het fenomeen ter discussie. Anouk Eigenraam, geadopteerd vanuit Zuid-Korea, schreef het boek ‘Welkom in adoptieland’ (2017). Ze deelt haar persoonlijke ervaring en schetst een beeld van hoe het er in de ‘adoptiewereld’ aan toe gaat. Beiden zijn in de studio van Hello Radio Podcast en praten ook over internationaal draagmoederschap naar aanleiding van de podcastserie Wensvaders. Presentatie: Peter de Ruiter.​

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