Council of the European Union adopts conclusions on children’s rights

The Council adopted on 4 November draft conclusions on the promotion and protection of children’s rights

Council conclusions invite both Member States and the European Commission to give full recognition to children as rights holders; to ensure respect for the principle of the best interests of the child in all policies affecting them; and to effectively implement child participation, among others.

The document specifically calls on the European Commission to develop a renewed EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child, prioritise policy measures that prevent and combat child poverty and social exclusion, and promote the development of an integrated approach to child protection systems.

In the context of the Europe 2020 strategy, it invites Member States to implement the Commission Recommendation on Investing in Children, as well as consider signing the three Optional Protocols to the UN CRC.

Finally, calls on Member States, the High Representative and the Commission to ensure that the rights-based approach endorsed by the Council in its Conclusion of May 2014 pays due regard to children’s rights and to their mainstreaming in all EU policies and actions.

Read here Council conclusions.