Protecting the rights of the child

Building upon the experience the Coordinator’s office gained over the years, from 2018, the Coordinator actively promotes children's rights in EU policies and legislation. In close collaboration with MEPs, the relevant parliamentary committees and Parliament’s Intergroup on Children’s Rights, the office will monitor EU legislation and non-legislative initiatives in the Parliament to ensure the rights of the child are given all due consideration.

The Coordinator is also a focus point on children’s rights with institutions and organisations involved in EU policy and children rights, as well as with civil society.

The European Parliament as promoter of children’s rights

It is incumbent upon the European Parliament to ensure that its legislative and non-legislative work is informed to respect, promote and safeguard the rights of the child and to advance children’s lives both within the EU and in its relations with the outside world. The re-naming of the European Parliament Mediator on Parental Child Abduction to the broader “European Parliament Coordinator on Children’s Rights” and the establishment of a permanent office within the institution indicates Parliament’s long-term commitment to the recognition and protection of the rights of children.

Within the institution

The Coordinator works closely with her fellow MEPs, as well as with committees, and the Intergroup on Children’s Rights to progress in a meaningful way to promote the rights of children. She also seeks dialogue and foster relationships to progress the work of the Parliament in this area.

Children’s rights stakeholders

The Coordinator has an established network within the area of cross-border family conflict and recognises that this network is central to the success of her work. Over the next year, she will identify key stakeholders and seek to establish connections with organisations, bodies and experts in the Member States to help inform and guide her in her work under the scope of her mandate on children’s rights.

If you want to explore potential collaboration, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Legal framework

  • Article 3(3) of the Treaty on European Union establishes the objective for the EU to promote protection of the rights of the child.
  • The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantees the protection of the rights of the child by the EU institutions and by EU countries when they implement EU law.
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (UNCRC) is the first universal instrument of a legally binding nature to address the rights of the child. There are currently 193 parties to the Convention including all 28 members of the EU. The Convention addresses the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of children. The convention provides the international community with the principles to ensure that policy and programmes implemented at national level are done so from a child-rights based approach.