At the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Universal Children's Day was celebrated in Brussels (18-22 November) with a series of events involving, among others, European Parliament Members and Eurochild Children Council (ECC) representatives.
The meetings aimed at bringing together European policy makers and committed young people to come up with new ideas on how to involve children’s and youth’s perspective in the EU policy decisions. ECC representatives met with different members of the European Parliament who had shown great interest in the matter. June Albalá (16), the Spanish ECC representative, had the opportunity to meet three MEP´s, Izaskun Bilbao, Javier Moreno Sánchez and Maite Pagazaurtundua, to discuss children and youth participation.
June had also the opportunity to participate in one of the official sessions at the European Parliament of the European Socialists Party and in the discussion, together with young UNICEF representatives, with the Member of the Parliament Alexandra Geese in charge of the budgetary planning on youth and children's rights defense. On this topic, Eurochild is carrying out a feasibility study for the EU Child Guarantee initiative (planned to be included in the next EU Budget 2021-2027) aiming at ensuring a better protection of children’s rights in Europe.
Eurochild and ECC work is backed by the University of DEUSTO, in line with the interdisciplinary research group Children and Youth as Agents of Change activities (DEUSTO Interdisciplinary Research Platform Social Justice and Inclusion) closely collaborating with stakeholders for a more inclusive society for children.
Some highlights of the ECC visit at the European Parliament can be watched in this video.