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The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission. It gathers key actors from EU Member States (as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the Western Balkans), international organisations, NGOs, Ombudspersons for children, practitioners, academics and EU institutions to promote good practice on the rights of the child.


The 12th European Forum took place on 2 and 3 April 2019. Almost 300 participants, including a few children and young people, came to Brussels to discuss “where we are and where we want to go” on the rights of the child in the European Union. The 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Charter for Fundamental Rights, which constitute the basis for the EU legal acquis on the rights of the child gave a background for the exchange of thoughts, good practices and ideas on how to enhance the protection and promotion of the rights of the child in the EU.

The Forum also looked at three following topics, which will (continue to) be a priority for the Commission’s work, among others: 1) The protection of children in migration, 2) Children's rights in the ever-changing digital world, and 3) Children and young people’s participation in the EU political and democratic life. 

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2 April 2019, 9.00 - 3 April 2019, 17.00 (CEST)
Borschette Conference Centre, conference room AB-0A
Rue Froissart/Froissartstraat 36
BE-1040 Brussels