Missing Children Europe marks 10 years of activity  

Aim to raise awareness of 116000 hotline 

May 25 is International Missing Children's Day and on Wednesday evening Belgium's Queen Paola was in Parliament for a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of Missing Children Europe, a European Federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing NGOs from 17 European countries.

The event was opened by EP Vice-President Roberta Angelilli, who said, "the greatest challenge is to spread the information and the photos of a missing child as early and broadly as possible" because the chance of finding a child are highest in the first 24 hours and then decrease rapidly. Also at the event were representatives of the Hungarian presidency and Commission vice-presidents Viviane Reding and Neelie Kroes.

This was followed Thursday by a conference aimed at raising awareness about the European hotline for missing children - 116000- which is operational in 15 EU countries and should be introduced in the others this year.