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Final call to 14 Member States to activate missing children hotline 116 000

Viviane Reding © UE

In a report adopted today, the European Commission made a final call for the swift activation of the EU-wide 116 000 hotline for missing children. The hotline provides a single number for missing children and their parents to seek help when away from home anywhere in the EU, such as during family holidays. Today's report assesses the situation, proposes common minimum quality requirements for the service and gives the 14 remaining countries in which the hotline does not work yet a last chance to make it operational – or else the Commission will consider legislative measures. "The 116 000 number offers help, support and a potential lifeline," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner. "I call on Member States to make every effort to implement the hotline swiftly to put children’s safety and security first".