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Unaccompanied migrant children in Greece: New relocation scheme

15-05-2020

In response to increased migratory pressure in Greece along the EU's external border with Turkey in recent months, and following the Greek government's request for support under Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the European Commission has launched a new relocation scheme to speed up the relocation of unaccompanied minors from the Greek islands to other EU Member States. Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, who has been entrusted with taking this ...

In response to increased migratory pressure in Greece along the EU's external border with Turkey in recent months, and following the Greek government's request for support under Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the European Commission has launched a new relocation scheme to speed up the relocation of unaccompanied minors from the Greek islands to other EU Member States. Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, who has been entrusted with taking this process forward, will also work in coordination with the Greek government and stakeholders to find sustainable ways to ensure that unaccompanied minors staying in the first-line reception and identification centres ('hotspots') on the Greek islands receive the care and protection they are entitled to. Regardless of a child's reasons for migrating, their situation or status, they all are first and foremost children and have rights as such. Unaccompanied children or children who have been separated from their parents along the way, are, moreover, entitled to special protection under international human rights and European Union asylum law. All too often, however, their rights and needs are neglected. Human rights organisations have repeatedly denounced the precarious and difficult conditions in which unaccompanied minors are living in the Greek hotspots. The proposed relocation initiative is urgently needed. However, the ongoing political and academic debate also shows a clear need for more structural solutions, in the form of more solidarity and responsibility-sharing among EU Member States, and a coordinated, child rights-based approach to addressing the many protection gaps unaccompanied children face when arriving in Europe.

Children's rights in the EU: Marking 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

13-11-2019

Adopted in 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was the first international instrument to explicitly recognise children as human beings with innate rights. Ratified by 197 countries, including all EU Member States, it has become the landmark treaty on children's rights, outlining universal standards for the care, treatment, survival, development, protection and participation of all children. The promotion and protection of children's rights is one of the key objectives ...

Adopted in 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was the first international instrument to explicitly recognise children as human beings with innate rights. Ratified by 197 countries, including all EU Member States, it has become the landmark treaty on children's rights, outlining universal standards for the care, treatment, survival, development, protection and participation of all children. The promotion and protection of children's rights is one of the key objectives embedded in Article 3(3) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). Moreover, Article 24 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU recognises that children are entitled to 'protection and care as is necessary for their well-being'. The same article recognises that the child's best interests should be the primary consideration for public authorities and private institutions. Over the years, the EU has moved from a sectoral approach towards a more coherent policy approach. Whereas initially, children's rights were developed in relation to specific areas such as the free movement of persons, since 2000 the EU has taken a more coordinated line. This Briefing takes stock of the most recent EU action to address and promote children's rights and looks at the upcoming challenges.

Semplificazione dell'accettazione di documenti pubblici

02-06-2016

In giugno il Parlamento europeo dovrebbe procedere alla votazione (posticipata) sulla proposta di regolamento che promuove la libera circolazione di cittadini e imprese semplificando i requisiti per la presentazione di alcuni documenti pubblici rilasciati da un altro Stato membro. La proposta, una delle iniziative principali presentate dalla Commissione durante l'Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013, è inoltre destinata a contribuire alla politica "Giustizia per la crescita".

In giugno il Parlamento europeo dovrebbe procedere alla votazione (posticipata) sulla proposta di regolamento che promuove la libera circolazione di cittadini e imprese semplificando i requisiti per la presentazione di alcuni documenti pubblici rilasciati da un altro Stato membro. La proposta, una delle iniziative principali presentate dalla Commissione durante l'Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013, è inoltre destinata a contribuire alla politica "Giustizia per la crescita".

Norme aggiornate per Europol

02-05-2016

A maggio, il Parlamento europeo dovrebbe votare sul testo di compromesso per una revisione del regolamento che istituisce l’Agenzia dell’Unione europea per la cooperazione delle autorità di contrasto – Europol, che punta a rafforzare le competenze dell’Agenzia nella lotta al terrorismo e la criminalità grave e organizzata, aumentando nel contempo la sua responsabilità nei confronti del Parlamento europeo e dei parlamenti nazionali e formulando regole chiare in materia di protezione e scambio dei ...

A maggio, il Parlamento europeo dovrebbe votare sul testo di compromesso per una revisione del regolamento che istituisce l’Agenzia dell’Unione europea per la cooperazione delle autorità di contrasto – Europol, che punta a rafforzare le competenze dell’Agenzia nella lotta al terrorismo e la criminalità grave e organizzata, aumentando nel contempo la sua responsabilità nei confronti del Parlamento europeo e dei parlamenti nazionali e formulando regole chiare in materia di protezione e scambio dei dati.