The 2012 Eurochild Annual Conference held in Bulgaria

The Eurochild’s Annual Conference 2012 that took place in Bulgaria came to an end on Friday afternoon, 26 October 2012.

For three days some 200 international experts on children’s rights have shared experience and knowledge and have discussed the rights of children in alternative care. At the European Commission level, the work of Eurochild and their member has received appreciation and support from the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Lazslo Andor who has addressed delegates at the opening via video. “Caring for Europe’s children is a shared responsibility.

The EU has an important role in providing funding and policy guidance.” As Key Note speaker at the Closing Session, his colleague, Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, European Commission, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response said: “At times of crisis we have to keep the focus on what matters most and that is children.”

Finally, the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev, addressed warm and encouraging words regarding the work of national and international NGOs working on De-Institutionalisation saying that: “We are committed in Bulgaria to closing our institutions for children”.

More information on this issue is available here.