Advocacy with European Institutions

Children go missing everywhere, and the disappearance of a child is not confined to national borders. As a federation composed of grassroots organisations, Missing Children Europe wishes to focus on those fields where European coordination, harmonisation, and representation constitutes an added value over the work of national stakeholders.

To support these European efforts, it is also vital to raise the profile of the issue and to gain better understanding and support from European leaders and institutions in an effort to push European and national governments to similarly fund and support national and local efforts to protect missing children.

Recent initiatives in developing this cooperation with EU policy makers included several conferences and a photo exhibition organised at the European Parliament during the week of International Missing Children's day.


Missing Children Memorandum

The Missing Children Memorandum put together by Missing Children Europe and its members was presented to EU decision makers with recommendations on preventing, protecting and supporting missing children.

Survey on transposition of Directive on sexual exploitation and abuse of children

The survey identified the manner in which 7 key provisions of EU Directive 2011/93/EU on combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography has been transposed into national legislation by EU Member States that are bound by it (all 28 Member States except Denmark) by 18 December, 2013.

Read the "Survey on the transposition of Directive 2011/93/EU on combating sexual absue and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography" publication here.

Child Rights Manifesto

The Child Rights Manifesto was launched ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2014 by a coalition of child-focused organisations including Missing Children Europe and 14 others committed to ensuring children’s rights are promoted, protected and fulfilled across the EU’s work. To date, more than 100 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have pledged to become child rights champions in the Parliament through signing the Child Rights Manifesto. Many of those MEPs have joined the Child Rights Intergroup in the European Parliament.