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Children as a focus of EU external action

 

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Communication (COM(2008) 55 final) — A special place for children in EU external action

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE COMMUNICATION?

  • It aims construct a comprehensive European Union (EU) approach towards the protection and promotion of children’s rights in non-EU countries.
  • The approach is based on a holistic and universally applicable view of children’s rights and is part of the EU’s broader development and poverty reduction strategies.

KEY POINTS

BACKGROUND

  • Children and youth are the key for their societies’ future progress and success. Investing in children is investing in the future. However, 47 % of all people living in extreme poverty are aged 18 years or under, and of those, many also suffer from social exclusion, violence and abuse, which restrict opportunities to live a fulfilling life and contribute to societal instability.
  • This communication follows the 2006 communication called Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, which lays down the foundations for a long-term strategy for the EU in the field of children’s rights. This is tied in with the 2007 EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child, which is the basis for EU action in promoting children’s rights in external policy.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — A special place for children in EU external action (COM(2008) 55 final, 5.2.2008)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission staff working document - Children in emergency and crisis situations (SEC(2008) 135 final, 5.2.2008)

Commission staff working document — The European Union’s Action Plan on Children’s Rights in External Action (SEC(2008) 136 final, 5.2.2008)

last update 06.12.2016

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