On May 29th, ChildPact Secretary General Mirela Oprea, attended the consultations of DG Enlargement with representatives of international and non-governmental organisations regarding human and fundamental rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, trafficking, mental health and LGBT in the EU candidate and potential candidate countries.
In addition to the written feed-back provided by the ChildPact members from Albania (BKTF Coalition) and Serbia (MODS), ChildPact took the opportunity to emphasize de need for a regional approach and a unified and systematic approach of the EU towards the candidate and potential candidate countries in the field of child protection.
As a regional / multi-country coalition of child-focused NGOs that includes both EU Member States (Romania and Bulgaria), EU candidate countries (Albania and Serbia) and EU Neighbouring countries (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Moldova), ChildPact emphasized that there are valuable lessons to be learned from the previous EU Enlargement that could be applied to the current EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood policies. In addition, ChildPact emphasises that regional cooperation can be a key factor in accelerating the pace of the child protection reforms within the candidate countries.
ChildPact showed that the EU should support regional cooperation and cross-country learning, in particular among the Candidate Countries and the EU ‘new’ Member States so that the lessons learned in the previous Enlargement process can be made available to the current candidate countries. Equally important, the EU should acknowledge that regional and national level civil society coalitions for children’s rights are key stakeholders for promoting reforms and for the scale up of services. The EU should therefore use its influence and funding to support the ambitious missions of the coalitions.
You can read the full written contribution of ChildPact here.