The Europe We Want

Children and young people of Eurochild’s first Children’s Council, composed of 12 children from 11 countries, along with the UNICEF child and youth representatives are shaping and participating at a high level event at the European Parliament, Brussels on the occasion of Children’s Day on 20 November.

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Under the auspices of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and hosted by the Intergroup on Children’s Rights, the parliamentarians will respond to children’s questions based on their vision of the Europe they want. 

As the European Parliament starts to prepare for the next European elections in 2019, children and young people will lay the ground for a European Parliament that listens to and engages directly with them. 

Eurochild and UNICEF Brussels are partnering for this event where high level representatives from EU institutions, national governments, children’s rights organisations will gather to mark the 28th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

The panel discussion will revolve around four values: Solidarity, Inclusion, Non-discrimination, Democracy and Peace.

Please find below a draft programme of the event:

  • Welcome by MEPs Anna Maria Corazza Bildt & Caterina Chinnici, Co-Chairs of the EP Intergroup on Children's Rights

  • Introduction by Sandie Blanchet (Director at UNICEF) and Jana Hainsworth (Secretary General of Eurochild) 

  • Opening by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament


Moderated by James Kanter, EU correspondent. 

The children will ask questions to the panellists.

Panellists include:

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Co-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Children's Rights

Caterina Chinnici, Co-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Children's Rights

Nathalie Griesbeck, Vice-Chair of the EP Intergroup on Children's Rights

HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta

Margaret Tuite, European Commission Coordinator for the Rights of the Child

Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of the Fundamental Rights Agency's “Equality and Citizens' Rights” Department

Per Leander, Secretary General of Friends

Video Call with children living in refugee camps in Amman

Conclusions by Sandie Blanchet (Director at UNICEF) and Jana Hainsworth (Secretary General of Eurochild)


Background: 

Eurochild organises an annual meeting around the anniversary of the signing of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (20 November) with children and young people in the European Parliament. The past years’ experience have demonstrated increasing interest and commitment both from the Members of the European Parliament and Eurochild’s member organisations to work with children and young people directly.
Find out more about our past work at the European Parliament.

The Eurochild Children’s Council will work together in the next two years to support meaningful participation of children and young people in Eurochild’s advocacy, events and strategic planning.

The Intergroup on Children’s Rights represents the first formal body in the EP that will mainstream children’s rights and assess the impact of legislative and non-legislative work on children. It is a cross-party, a cross-national group of committed MEPs, who will work together with child-focused organisations to keep children’s rights on top of the EU agenda. The Intergroup’s work is based on the Child Rights Manifesto prepared by a coalition of child-focused organisations working towards the realisation of the EU’s legal and policy commitments to promote and protect children’s rights, and obligations set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.