25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

SUMMARY OF:

European Parliament resolution on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE RESOLUTION?

This European Parliament own-initiative resolution*, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (hereafter ‘the Convention’) results from a motion for a resolution under Rule 123(2) of the Parliament’s rules of procedure.

It:

KEY POINTS

The Parliament welcomes the EU’s commitment under the Stockholm programme to develop an EU common strategy for the protecting and promoting the rights of the child and to support the EU countries’ efforts in this area.

Investing in most disadvantaged and vulnerable children

Parliament calls

Best interests of the child

It calls:

Protect children against sexual abuse

It calls on EU countries to:

Improve education

It calls:

End detention of migrant children and facilitate family reunification

It calls on EU countries to:

Finding missing children

It calls on EU countries to:

Child abduction by parents

It calls on the Commission, when revising Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, to take serious note of the best interests of the child, in view of the loopholes in implementing and enforcing this regulation in the EU countries as regards parental and custody rights.

Combating violence against children and the use of child soldiers

It condemns:

It calls on the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (VP/HR) to support the UN campaign ‘Children, not soldiers’, aimed at ending by 2016 the recruitment and use of child soldiers by national security forces.

Mainstreaming children’s rights in decision-making

It calls on EU countries and local authorities to explore ways to increase children’s and adolescents’ involvement in the decision-making process.

It expresses Parliament’s will to establish an intergroup on children’s rights and well-being, and supports the appointment of ‘focal points’ within each parliamentary committee to ensure children’s rights are mainstreamed in every policy and legislative text adopted.

International instruments

It calls:

It encourages the USA, Somalia and South Sudan to ratify the Convention in order to achieve universal ratification.

BACKGROUND

For more information, see:

KEY TERMS

Own-initiative resolution: a non-binding act of the European Parliament in the areas where the treaties give it the right of initiative, based on a report drawn by one or more of its committees.

MAIN DOCUMENT

European Parliament resolution of 27 November 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (OJ C 289, 9.8.2016, pp. 57–64)

Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union — Title I — Common Provisions — Article 3 (ex Article 2 TEU)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Commission Recommendation 2013/112/EU of 20 February 2013 Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage (OJ L 59, 2.3.2013, pp. 5-16)

Directive 2011/93/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011 on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2004/68/JHA (OJ L 335, 17.12.2011, pp. 1-14)

Successive amendments to Directive 2011/93/EU have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA (OJ L 101, 15.4.2011, pp. 1-11)

Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000 (OJ L 338, 23.12.2003, pp. 1-29)

See consolidated version.

last update 13.06.2018