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Urgent need for an EU coordinated approach to protect Ukrainian children at the border

Posted on Mar 24, 2022

Brussels—On March 20 – 22, the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights led a mission with the three EU Institutions to Poland at the border with Ukraine to assess the situation of the displaced children – both unaccompanied and with families – fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, and identify what are the needs on the ground. The delegation encompassed MEP Catharina Rinzema (Renew, Netherlands), Vice-Chair of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights, Mr. Emilio Puccio, Secretary General of the Intergroup, HE Adrien Taquet (Renew), French Secretary of State for Child Protection and Families, and Ms. Diane Schmitt, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator in the European Commission in a full display of EU unity.

The European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights also gathered a number of prominent representatives of civil society organizations: Prof. Ernesto Caffo, President of Telefono Azzurro, Member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Chair of ECPAT International, President of Missing Children Europe, former UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, as well as Ms. Beatrice Lorenzin MP (S&D, Italy), former Italian Minister of Health (2013 – 2018).

[extract taken from Child Rights Intergroup ]. Read the full article here