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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the strategy to combat juvenile delinquency

Nicola Caputo

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the strategy to combat juvenile delinquency  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas juvenile delinquency concerns a particularly vulnerable part of the population, exposing young people to the risk of social exclusion at a very early age;

B.  whereas the latest available data provided by UNODC for the three-year period
2009-2011 highlight a worrying trend in the rate of juvenile delinquency;

1.  Takes the view that in order to combat juvenile delinquency effectively, an integrated strategy is needed at national and EU level, combining preventive measures with judicial and extra-judicial action and social inclusion measures for all young people;

2.  Considers that in order to resolve the problem of juvenile delinquency effectively, a sound policy concerning schools, social life, the family and education, which helps to hand down social and civic values, should be implemented;

3.  Calls on the Commission to:

submit an integrated EU framework programme, based on national best practices, including preventive measures at EU level;

lay down specific criteria for all Member States with regard to the collection of national statistics, in order to ensure that they are comparable and therefore usable at the planning stage, for measures to be adopted at EU level.

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