Fine Gael MEP Colm Burke has said the European Convention on the Adoption of Children, which entered into force 40 years ago, is outdated and needs to be reviewed. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels, Burke said: “While in 1968 the Convention was considerably wide-ranging for its time, as it brought together countries within the Council of Europe on a common set of rules concerning adoption, much has changed in the last four decades. However, adoption has tended to adapt itself to evolving social needs. “The extent to which the non-conventional family is replacing the family as defined in 1968 is evident from demographic statistics in most countries. Parents who have not married one another but who have a child together have a recognisable right to privacy of family life under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Children who have been born to unmarried parents no longer face legal discrimination arising from their birth outside marriage. “In 2002, it was decided to revise the European Convention on the Adoption of Children of 1967. The European Committee on Legal Co-operation invited the Committee of Experts on family law to form a working party on the issue of Adoption.