The Greek Ombudsman with the collaboration and contribution of the European Commission and Eurochild, is organising a meeting entitled “Investing in Children: A challenge and a task for Europe of the 21st century” on Friday 9th, May 2014in Athens (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I. Kranidiotis Hall).
The meeting, which takes place under the auspices of the E.U.Greek Presidency, will focus on the implementation of the Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage”, adopted by the European Commission in February2013.
The Recommendation recognizes the connection between the children’s living conditions, access to adequate resources and provision of quality services on one hand, and parents’ participation in the labour market, the need for further training and the fight against poverty on the other. It also recognizes the children’s’ right to participate in the decision making process. It is the first time that the Recommendation is debated in Greece in anticipation of the first European Report on the Recommendation’s implementation.
Participants in the meeting:
- European Commission officials (DG Employment, DG Justice), the European network Eurochild, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Coordinator of the Independent Network of Experts on Social Inclusion, Ombudspersons for Children (from Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Greece);
- the (Greek) General Secretaries for Welfare and for the Management of the European Funds, the President of the National Commission for Human Rights, a representative of the National Anti-Poverty Network, researchers – experts on child poverty, representatives of Greek relevant institutions and NGOs;
- Children – members of the Greek Ombudsman’s Youth Advisory Panel.
For more information, you can explore Greek Ombudsman’s website www.0-18.gr/investing.