European responses to missing children and the need for child-friendly justice - Brussels, 25 and 26 May 2011
The aim of the high-level conference organised by the European Commission together with the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and with the support of Missing Children Europe was:
- to raise awareness about the 116 000 hotlines for missing children;
- to exchange best practices ; and
- to identify practical tools to help remove the obstacles for the implementation of the hotline in all EU countries.
Criteria for minimum quality standards for operating 116 000 hotlines were discussed as well as efforts to implement child alert mechanisms in the EU countries.
EU countries representatives, national operators and experts on the missing children hotlines, child alert mechanisms and child-friendly justice participated.
- List of participants
- Background note
- Opening Speeches
Session 1: 116 000 The European Hotline for Missing Children
- Anna Zito, Children's Rights Coordinator, Fundamental Rights and Rights of the Child, DG Justice, European Commission
- Zoltan Macsik, Policy Officer, Implementation of Regulatory Framework (I) DG Information Society and Media, European Commission
- Eva Kerpel, Head of International Affairs, Kek Vonal, Hungary / Vice President, Missing Children Europe / MCE Board member in charge of 116 000
- Liz Greenberg, Numbering Project Manager, Ofcom (Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries)
- Kristine Kloeck, CEO Child Focus, Belgium
Session 2: Child Friendly Justice: Missing Children and Child Alert Systems
- Maggiore Fabio Maniscalco, Direzione Centrale Polizia Criminale, Ministero dell'Interno
- Olivier Rabot, Magistrate, French Ministry of Justice
- Joe Apps, Bureau Manager, UK Missing Persons Bureau, National Policing Improvement Agency
- Costas Yannopoulos, President, "The Smile of the Child"
- Cédric Foussard, Director, International Juvenile Justice Observatory
- Agata Furgala, Deputy Director, Department for Analysis and Supervision, Polish Ministry of Interior and Administration