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Moving forward

with the EU


Moving forward with the EU Published in February 2014

Publishers Eurochild, Avenue des Arts 1-2, 1210 Brussels, Belgium UNICEF, Rue Montoyer 14, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Funding This publication is supported by the European Community Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity (20072013) and the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (2014-2020). UNICEF would like to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria. Disclaimer This publication aims to contribute to a European debate on children and child rights issues. It includes a wide range of opinions and views that do not necessarily reflect the positions of Eurochild, UNICEF or the European Commission.


Moving forward

with the EU

Contents CONTENTS 02 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 05 PREFACE 07 Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and European Commission Vice-President


Roberta Angelilli, Italian Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the European Parliament


Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response


INTRODUCTION & KEY FINDINGS 11 SECTION 1 THE EU AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: STATE-OF-PLAY AND THE WAY FORWARD 15 Paul F. Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship, DG JUSTICE of the European Commission “Evolving European child rights policy” 16 Edward McMillan-Scott, British Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the European Parliament “Preventing child abductions – the need for an EU-wide alert system” 18 Maria Herczog, Member of the UNCRC Committee and President of Eurochild “The EU can be stronger on child rights and make better use of the UN’s work” 20 Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) “How are European children doing? A brief look at what research is telling us” 22 Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in Ireland “Putting children’s rights at the heart of Ireland’s reform programme” 24 SECTION 2 CHILDREN’S WELL-BEING IN EUROPE: JOINING UP EU, NATIONAL AND LOCAL ACTION 27 Lieve Fransen, Director Social Policy & Europe 2020, DG EMPLOYMENT of the European Commission “Investing in children – now and for the future” 28 Gordon Alexander, Director of the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti “Monitoring: An obligation as well as a precondition of good policy-making for children” 30 Sebastian Sedlmayr, Head of Child Rights Advocacy and Education at the German Committee for UNICEF “A friendly home town for every child - the Child-Friendly Cities initiative” 32


Daniel Kropf, Executive Vice-Chair of the Universal Education Foundation “Learning for Well-being: a framework that can deliver change for children” 34


Bernard de Vos, Ombudsman of Children’s Rights in the French Community of Belgium and Chairman of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children “Poor and migrant children face daily rights violations throughout Europe” 36

SECTION 3 REALISING THE RIGHTS OF THE MOST DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN 39 Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, DG HOME of the European Commission “Eradicating child trafficking: an integrated approach” 40 Michele LeVoy, Director of The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) “From systematic discrimination to protection of all children regardless of residence status in the EU” 42 Delphine Moralis, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe “Missing Children: In need of an embedded European approach” 44 Delia Pop, Director of Programmes at Hope and Homes for Children “