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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.