Join our call for an EU Commissioner for Children

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Heads of State of 28 European Union countries

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European leaders are about to decide on top jobs for the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union. Over the next five years, these European Commissioners are responsible for proposing laws and setting EU spending priorities.

While children’s rights are guaranteed by law, a lot still remains to be done. 1 in 4 children are at risk of poverty in the European Union (EU); social protection systems are too weak to support families and children in need; hundreds of thousands of children have been separated from their families, some because of poverty or discrimination.

With the opportunity of a new European Commission, we seek a European Commissioner for Children in the next mandate of the European Commission 2019-2024. With a political leader responsible for children’s rights in the EU, in countries seeking to join the EU and in its external action, the EU would prioritise fighting the many challenges faced by children.

Read our proposal of a job description for such a European Commissioner for Children here.

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Petition by
Eurochild Aisbl
Brussels, Belgium

To: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Heads of State of 28 European Union countries
From: [Your Name]

There are estimated 100 million children in the EU. Children’s rights, despite being guaranteed in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, are not fully protected in the EU. Children face discrimination, neglect and inequalities which prevent them from having a happy and healthy childhood.

1 in 4 children are at risk of poverty in the EU; hundreds of thousands are separated from families, many due to poverty or discrimination; escaping violence and conflict meet with hostility and further hardship here in Europe.

Young respondents to the Europe Kids Want survey Eurochild co-led with UNICEF think the EU makes their life better and it can do more. We cannot let children down. With the opportunity of a new European Commission, we appeal to you to instate a European Commissioner for Children in the next mandate of the European Commission 2019-2024.

Children are not just Europe’s “future” but 20% of its present population directly impacted by EU legislative and non-legislative action. Putting children’s best interests at top of EU agenda means representing their interests throughout all of the work of the European Commission – be it on justice, social protection, education, labour market, or even international trade and development.

The European Commissioner for Children would champion the rights of children, within the European Union, its accession countries and in its external action. The Commissioner would ensure all policies and EU funds have a positive impact on children’s lives.

Children across Europe want to be heard whether that be taking to the streets in climate marches or participating in online opinion polls like the Europe Kids Want, children are demanding greater participation.

In Sibiu, children presented you with the Bucharest EU Children’s Declaration calling for a roadmap to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including mechanisms to involve children every step of the way.

The EU needs a leader to represent the interests of children in all decisions. Anything less will jeopardize our future prosperity and that of the world.

We invite you to read our proposal of a job description for such a European Commissioner for Children:

http://www.commissionerforchildren.com/job-description