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First meeting in Brussels of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Children’s Rights

Friday 19th of August 2016
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The European Parliament’s Child Rights Intergroup met for the first time in Brussels on the 22nd of June. This Intergroup constitutes the first formal body in the European Parliament that focuses on children’s rights and assesses the impact of legislative and non-legislative work on children. The IJJO, member of the Intergroup, was represented by Adélaïde Vanhove, Policy Officer on European Affairs.

The Intergroup meeting provided the opportunity for the IJJO and other organisations of CRAG (Children’s Rights Action Group) which are part of the Intergroup to present their objectives and joint actions to the Members of the European Parliament. The event included an open debate on issues such as unaccompanied minors in the EU, the new Directive on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings, and the various activities carried out by member NGOs in favour of children. It also constituted the perfect opportunity to present the new website of the Intergroup, launched on June 7th.

This first meeting was hosted by Caterina Chinnici, co-chair of the Intergroup and member of the European Parliament, who has collaborated numerous times with the IJJO and is the author of the introductory chapter of the Manual of the Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternatives in Europe (JODA) project, published by the IJJO.

The aim of the Intergroup is to promote children’s rights and ensure that the best interest of the child is taken into account in EU internal and external action. In order to do so, the Intergroup has nominated child rights ‘focal points’ in each parliamentary committee, informants who alert the Intergroup on the files that have an impact on children.

The Intergroup’s work is based on the Child Rights Manifesto prepared by the Intergroup's coalition of child-focused organisations with the aim of working towards the realisation of the EU’s legal and policy commitments to promote and protect children’s rights, and of the obligations set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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