Children’s participation at Fundamental Rights Agency high-level conference 2017

To engage children’s perspectives at the launch of the Fundamental Rights Report, the Eurochild network is gathering short videos and inviting children to participate at the high-level conference.

Youth reporters at Eurochild Conference 2016

The Eurochild network is coordinating and organising the participation of children at the FRA high-level conference in Brussels on 28 June. The event launches the Agency’s Fundamental Rights report and will see attendance from around 400 stakeholders from around Europe. This collaboration focusing on children’s participation began with the successful facilitation of children’s participation at an event with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in the end of April 2017. 

The Agency’s annual Fundamental Rights Report will form the background for discussions. It will take stock of developments since 2007, the year in which the Agency was created. Discussions will explore how the protection, respect, and, especially, the promotion of fundamental rights can be improved. There will also be a special focus on children’s rights.

The Agency, in close cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council, will invite stakeholders to a high-level conference discussing fundamental rights issues that are currently high on the EU’s political agenda.

The call for Eurochild member organisations to get involved is open until Friday 5 May 2017.

You can get involved in two ways:

1. By helping us collect material for a video that will be used as a panel input at the event.

We want to make sure all the participants at the event will get to hear the opinions of children on the main topics of the symposium; poverty, migration and participation. For those organisations interested and able to help with this, you will be asked to film answers from children to questions we will provide.

We are looking for short and honest answers from children, with their own opinions, feelings or experiences. Through the video we will also aim to reach children that could not travel to Brussels (due to migration status, handicap etc.).  We would like the videos to be done in the children’s native tongue. We will then put subtitles on the video, and hope we can count on your help for translation. Please get in contact with Tinna Rós Steinsdóttir by 5 May if you are interested and able to participate. 

2. By supporting a child from your organisation to be a part of the delegation of 16 children at the event itself. 

Children and accompanying adults will be asked to arrive in Brussels on Monday 26 June. They will have a preparatory day on 27 June and the symposium and a workshop will take place on 28 June. We will then wrap up our experience together in the morning of the 29th of June. 

For further information and selection criteria, please see the concept note and application form in the detailed call here
All costs for the children selected to attend and their accompanying adult will be covered by the FRA.