Eurochild and UNICEF launch joint publication on child rights

Eurochild and UNICEF have jointly hosted a publication launching event in order to initiate constructive debates around the publication Realising the rights of every child everywhere: Moving forward with the EU.  The event took place last Wednesday, on the 12th of February, at Residence Palace in Brussels, and it gathered a wide range of decision-makers, child protection and child rights experts. 

The joint Eurochild – UNICEF publication Realising the rights of every child everywhere: Moving forward with the EU is a compendium of opinion pieces voicing the commitment of different decision-makers and stakeholders to mutually engage in a process of strengthening the EU action towards the promotion and the protection of children rights. It is divided in three sections, ‘The EU and children’s rights: state-of-play and the way forward’, ‘Children’s well-being in Europe: joining up EU, national and local action’ and ‘Realising the rights of the most disadvantaged children’.

The publication gathers opinions and the testimonials of key actors in the field of child rights, such as: Viviane Reding (European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship European Commission Vice-President); Kristalina Georgieva (European Commissioner for international Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response); Paul Nemitz (Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship in the DG Justice); Lieve Fransen (Director Social Policy and Europe 2020 in DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion); Myria Vassiliadou (EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator within DG Home Affairs); Morten Kjaerum (Director of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights); Bernard de Vos (Ombudsman of Children’s Rights in the French Community of Belgium); Delphine Moralis (Secretary General of Missing Children Europe); Michele Le Voy ( Director of PICUM); Delia Pop (Director of Programmes at Hope and Homes for Children) and many others.

“Eurochild and UNICEF publish this compilation of articles at a critical juncture in the history of the EU. The 2014 European Parliament elections and appointment of a new College of Commissioners will see new leaders shaping future European work and priorities. The EU multi-annual financial framework (2012-2020) is moving into its operational phase, while Europe 2020 – the EU’s 10-year strategic vision – will come under scrutiny through a mid-term review.

2014 also marks the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which has been ratified by all the 28 EU Member States. Now is therefore the right time to take stock of achievements and progress so far, reflect on lessons learnt and gather ideas and recommendations on what can be further improved in the future.”

Realising the rights of every child everywhere: Moving forward with the EU aims to inspire a more ambitious European vision in which the EU institutions, its member states and a strongly pro-active civil society play a leading role in positively impacting the lives of every child, within and outside Europe, while child rights is mainstreamed across all the EU’s policies.

The event was opened by Viviane Reding, Jana Hainsworth (Eurochild Secretary General) & Philippe Cori (UNICEF Brussels Director). The interactive panel debate gathered Commission Directorate-General representatives from various policy areas dealing with justice, home affairs, employment, and development cooperation: Myria Vassiliadou (EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, DG Home Affairs); Salla Sastamoinen (Head of Unit, Fundamental Rights and Right of the Child, DG Justice); Lieve Fransen (Director for EU 2020: Social Policies, DG Employment); Luis Riera Figueras (Director, DG Development Cooperation); Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos (Head of Equality and Citizen’s Rights Department, Fundamental Rights Agency).