The decision by the Norwegian authorities to expel the Consul of the Republic of Poland, Dr. Sławomir Kowalski, has provoked a widespread criticism. First of all, it met with a disapproval by the local Polish community. Its representatives organised a demonstration in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in defence of the Polish consul. A letter was also submitted in which the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Solidarity Trade Union in Norway demand procedural changes that would be beneficial for Polish families in Norway.
Dr. Sławomir Kowalski is renowned for helping many Polish families against oppressive actions by the Barnevernet office. In 2016 he was awarded the title of "Consul of the Year" by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry indicated that the award is "a tribute to all those who fight for Polish children and the dignity of the Polish family abroad".
Nevertheless, early this year, the Norwegian authorities decided to expel Dr. Kowalski. After Oslo recognised him as a persona non grata, the Polish side informed about taking similar steps towards the Norwegian consul in Warsaw. A film was also published on the Internet showing how the Norwegian police violate international consular law, preventing Sławomir Kowalski from meeting a Polish citizen. The petition in defence of the consul, made available at maszwplyw.pl, has so far been signed by over 30 thousand people.
In front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Warsaw a demonstration took place to protest against the dismissal of the consul. The event was organised by the Polish community in Norway. A letter was submitted to the Embassy, whose authors demanded that "procedural guarantees beneficial for parents and their children" be introduced in Norway.
The District Court in Myślibórz ruled that the children of a Norwegian national who fled to Poland fearing an intervention by the local authorities should be allowed to be reunited with their mother.
A Russian family living in Sweden is applying for refugee status in Poland. Their three daughters were taken from their parents and given to Muslims for foster care. In Poland, the Swedish services attempted to take the daughters away from their father.
The European Parliament will soon deal with the extension of the powers of the European Border and Coast Guard (Frontex) proposed by the European Commission.
Over recent months there have been attempts at the local government level in order to undermine the rights of families, including the rights of parents and children, as well as legal identity and constitutional position of marriage, which are all guaranteed by the Constitution.