ChildPact attended the first meeting of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights taking place in Brussels, together with the members of the Child Rights Action Group (CRAG), Brussels-based organisations working on child issues. The meeting took place in the European Parliament on the 22nd of June and was hosted by MEP Caterina Chinnici, co-chair of the Intergroup.
The meeting of the Intergroup represented an occasion for the Members of the European Parliament to hear out the objectives and joint actions of CRAG members and to exchange ideas about ways to take further child rights on the European Parliament’s agenda. The Intergroup members have also presented their agenda and priorities: ending any kind of violence against children; ensuring that the best interest of the child is taken into account in EU’s internal and external actions; mainstreaming child rights in all EU policies; ensuring that children’s voices are heard in decision making processes.
The Intergroup on Children’s Rights represents the first formal body in the European Parliament that will mainstream children’s rights and assess the impact of legislative and non-legislative work on children. It is a cross-party, a cross-national group of committed MEPs, who will work together with child-focused organisations to keep children’s rights on top of the EU agenda. The aim of the Intergroup is to promote children’s rights and ensure that the best interest of the child is taken into account in EU internal and external action. To do so, the Intergroup has nominated child rights focal points in each parliamentary committee, who alert the Intergroup on the files that have an impact on children.
The Intergroup’s work is based on the Child Rights Manifesto prepared by a coalition of child-focused organisations working towards the realisation of the EU’s legal and policy commitments to promote and protect children’s rights, and obligations set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. ChildPact, together with the other members of the Child Rights Action Group is supporting the initiatives of the Intergoup on Child Rights and its work in the European Parliament.