New intergroup on children’s rights at the European Parliament

The intergroup aims to mainstream the rights of the child across the work of the Parliament

MEP Antonio Lopez-Isturiz and MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

Today the setting up of an intergroup on children’s rights for the current parliamentary term (2014-2019) was approved.

Intergroups are informal structures within the European Parliament to foster exchanges between MEPs and with civil society on particular subjects. This new intergroup aims to promote children’s rights and ensure that the best interest of the child is taken into account in EU internal and external action. It will bring more visibility to children’s rights and can play a key role in mainstreaming the rights of the child across the work of the Parliament.

The creation of this intergroup is the result of the advocacy efforts of Eurochild and other child rights networks that contributed to the Child Rights Manifesto for the establishment of a permanent mechanism with explicit responsibility for protecting and promoting children’s rights across all policy sectors in internal and external affairs.