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Published on 25-05-11

Today, International Missing Children's Day, marks the deadline for EU member states to put in place a hotline service for people to report missing children. 

The UK and 14 other member states have so far put in place the 116 000 hotline, but the Commission today urged remaining member states to step up efforts to introduce child alert systems and make the missing children's hotline 116 000 operational as soon as possible.

    116 000 hotline

    116 000 hotline

    "Only 15 Member States have so far put in place the 116 000 hotline, which is clearly unacceptable. I want commitments from the other 12 Member States that they will respect their legal obligation to make every effort to put in place the 116 000 missing children hotline. I am also working closely with mobile phone operators on making the 116 000 missing children hotline more easily accessible," said Vice-President Kroes.

     The hotline is operated in the UK by the charity "Missing People".

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