Children's rights discussed ahead of German EU Council Presidency
Organised by the two German National Partner Netowrks – the Child and Youth Welfare Association (AGJ) and the National Coalition Germany. Réka Tunyogi of the Eurochild secretariat and two representatives of the German ministry for familiy affairs talked with the approx. 90 guests, about the German EU presidency programme and what it could entail for child rights. The ministry officials promoted the German EU presidency’s focus on Youth, where there was less focus on children, Eurochild however recalls German Minister Giffey’s commitment to address child poverty during this mandate.
Strong statements also came from both presidents of AGJ and National Coalition, Prof. Karin Böllert (AGJ) and Luise Pfütze (NC). While Prof. Karin Böllert highlighted the need to protect young refugees in order to build a European Union based on solidarity, Luise Pfütze sent a powerful plea for a strong signal for child rights in Europe.
In the discussion it became clear that measures to strengthen child rights and to combat child poverty are currently being discussed in the EU and that the framework is good to support children more in the future. In particular, the EU Child Rights Strategy and the EU Child Guarantee promise to be strong political initiatives. Both will be in development, though probably not concluded, under the German EU Council Presidency, but some preparatory steps, such as the consultations, fall within this timeframe.
In the end it was great to see so many people from different organisations being engaged with child rights, in Germany and in Europe. The upcoming six months will be closely monitored by the members of AGJ and National Coalition, of course in close cooperation with Eurochild.
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