On 5 February 2008 a Communication "A Special Place for Children in EU External Action" - was adopted under the joint responsibility of Commissioners Louis Michel (Development and humanitarian aid), Benita Ferrero-Waldner (External relations) and Franco Frattini (Justice, freedom and security).
Together with two accompanying working documents "The EU Action Plan on Children's Rights in External Action" - and "Children in Emergency & Crisis Situations" - , the Communication aims at establishing a framework for a comprehensive EU approach towards the protection and promotion of children’s rights and coverage of their needs in third countries.
The Communication calls for an approach to integrate children’s rights and needs into political dialogue, trade negotiations, development cooperation dialogue on poverty reduction policies and governance.
The first working document addresses three key issues on children's rights in the context of the EU external relations and development cooperation. It presents a set of guiding principles; it identifies priorities for action including targets and indicators in the form of a logical framework and a timeline; and it also defines a framework for monitoring, coordination and accountability.
The second working document concentrates on children in emergency and crisis situations: