Children Not For Sale – The Black Hole of our Culture @EU #EU @coe @MoJGovUK #Brexit

The event at the EU Parliament was aptly called

It was organised by the amazing Greek MEP Kostadinka Kuneva and Takis Hadjigeorgiou MEP for Cyprus.

Two panels of speakers united a remarkable list of individuals and organisations:

  1. Dimitrios Papadimoulos MEP for Greece and Vice-President of the EU Parliament spoke from the floor;
  2. Mrs SAKELLIADOU Zoi, Office of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, European Commission [12:25 until 28:41]
  3. Mrs VONKEMAN Andrea, UNHCR Brussels Office
  4. Mrs NANOU Katerina, EUROCHILD campaign leader
  5. Mrs POULI Ioanna, UNICEF, Brussels Office
  6. Mrs McNEILL Sabine Kurjo, Web Publisher of the Association of McKenzie Friends and Petitioner 1707/2013
  7. Mrs SCHEFFER Elisabeth, Legal expert, Sweden
  8. Mr NIKOLAIDIS Giorgos, Head of Institute of Child Health, Greece
  9. Dr STAVRINIDES Panayiotis, Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology-University of Cyprus
  10. Mrs CHRISTIDOU Melpo, Social Worker at THE SMILE OF THE CHILD, Greece.

However, the emphasis was on problems rather than solutions – but then there are far too few people who know about the problems!

The very pleasant surprise was the very well informed contribution by the Policy Analyst of the Child Trafficking Office at the EU Commission. Continue reading “Children Not For Sale – The Black Hole of our Culture @EU #EU @coe @MoJGovUK #Brexit”


@coe @ChildrensRights @EUParliament for @EU_Commission

Celebrating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the MEPs on this video are:

  1. Anna-Maria Corazza Bildt from Sweden;
  2. Caterina Chinnici from Italy;
  3. Nathalie Griesbeck from France;
  4. Dr. Miriam Dalli from Malta;
  5. Teresa Jimenez-Becerril Barrio from Spain;
  6. Julie Ward from the UK;
  7. Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea from Spain;
  8. Jana Zitnanska from Slovakia.

This post describes the progression of ‘child awareness’ in the EU Parliament.

1989: The UN CONVENTION on the RIGHTS of the CHILD

On 20 November 1989 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by 140 countries. Since then, 196 countries except the United States are party to it.

However, the gap between the theory of ‘rights’ and the reality of ‘implementation’ is ginormous:

Hence our repeated references to two Council of Europe [Strasbourg not Brussels] reports:

  1. Human Rights and Family Courts of November 2012;
  2. Social Services in Europe: legislation and practice of the removal of children from their families in Council of Europe member States of January 2015.

Continue reading “@coe @ChildrensRights @EUParliament for @EU_Commission”

@EU #EU Letter to Commissioner @VeraJourova re Safeguarding the Best Interest of Children across Europe #teamJunckerEU

16 05 11 Vera JourovaThe Plenary Debate of the EU Parliament on Children’s Rights on 27 April 2016 was addressed at the EU Commission and the EU Council.

Commissioner Vera Jourova responded and promised a revised version of the Brussels II Regulation by June.

Here’s our input:

  1. the full 7-page letter;
  2. its conclusion:

After experiences with hundreds of cases and the positive responses by MEPs in general and the PETI and JURI Committees in particular, this is therefore to ask you to concentrate in your revision of Brussels II on: Continue reading “@EU #EU Letter to Commissioner @VeraJourova re Safeguarding the Best Interest of Children across Europe #teamJunckerEU”