Taking stock of Europe’s children’s rights sector
Eurochild’s Annual Report of 2019 reflects on the key activities and achievements of the network, which spans 34 countries with its almost 200 members.
In 2019, Eurochild played a formative role in campaigning during the change-over in the EU institutions. There is a strong children’s rights intergroup in the European Parliament; the European Commission has charged Vice-President Suica to lead on the design of an EU Child Rights Strategy while Commissioner Schmit is leading on the European Child Guarantee initiative. Additionally, Eurochild led by example on listening to children by engaging them in the design of events and advocacy, including the development of the Bucharest EU Children’s Declaration delivered to EU leaders under the EU Romanian Presidency.
The report, divided in two sections based on Eurochild’s strategic plan of 2019-2021, showcases the work and achievements aimed towards ‘The change Eurochild wants to see’ and ‘How Eurochild contributes to making that change happen’.
In her introduction to the Annual Report, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Eurochild, recognises the new challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-increasing importance of putting children at the heart of Europe: “The recovery will be long and hard…if efforts to rebuild Europe are built on a full understanding of children’s rights, our continent will be fairer and more resilient to shocks in the future.”
The Annual Report will be launched at the General Assembly of Eurochild on 15 June 2020. The General Assembly this year will take place online due to the COVID-19 related lockdown. Members from across Europe will gather along with children representing the Eurochild Children’s Council to share developments since the last year, officially welcome new members and discuss key challenges and opportunities for the children’s rights sector. A number of webinars will be hosted on 15-16 June following the General Assembly to invite the Eurochild community to discuss new and continuing areas of work in policy and advocacy and organisational development.
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