Articles taggés avec ‘Citizenship of the European Union’

EU Funding: Commission gives Golden Stars to 12 citizenship projects

Mardi 22 juillet 2008

 European funds

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 Grants to support organisations working in the field of active European citizenship and to the promotion civic participation

The European Commission has selected 12 civic participation projects that encourage action and debate on EU issues at the grass-roots level

Later this year, these projects will be awarded the “Golden Stars of active European citizenship” in a prize ceremony in Brussels, hosted by Commissioner Jan Figel. The 2008 Golden Stars are awarded as part of the Europe for Citizens programme, and give official recognition to initiatives that showcase cooperation, effective working methods and tangible results in the area of civic participation. The winning projects involve participants from 22 EU Member States.

The task of identifying this year’s winners was trusted to an external jury, composed of seven members, and chaired by Mr. Hannu Takkula, Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chairman of the EP Committee on Culture and Education. Members in the jury included Mrs. Brenda King from the European Economic and Social Committee and Mr. Keith Walters from the Committee of the Regions.

The Golden Stars are awarded each year under the Europe for Citizens programme, which focuses on organised civil society and at a wider, grass-roots audience. This main EU programme in the field of active citizenship is designed to enhance citizen involvement in the construction of Europe; to this end, a budget of some € 27 million is available for the year 2008.

The Golden Stars award ceremony will take place on 13 November 2008, in Brussels. It will be open to the public upon registration.

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Eu funding : 25 May 2008 – International Missing Children’s Day

Lundi 26 mai 2008

For the fourth consecutive year, the European Commission is supporting on 25 May the International Missing Children’s Day, organised by the European Federation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children.

The main purpose of this day is to encourage European citizens and the whole world not to forget all the children that are missing. Vice-President Barrot took part today in the presentation of the first Annual Report of Missing Children Europe, a European federation bringing together 21 NGOs active in 15 Member States in the fight against the disappearance and sexual abuse of children.

Also today, the Commission published the results of the first Eurobarometer survey focusing on young people aged 15 to 18. The survey reveals that the main concerns of young European citizens are “violence” against children and “the fight against sexual exploitation”. Mr Barrot confirmed that both of these are priorities for the European Commission.

Since the launch of the Communication “Towards an EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child” on 4 July 2006, the European Commission has worked ceaselessly in this area. The Communication is the practical expression of genuine political commitment and proposes the introduction of a comprehensive European strategy for the effective promotion and protection of the rights of the child within the framework of the European Union’s internal and external policies, and for supporting Member States’ efforts in this connection.

Among these priorities, the Commission is giving particular attention to rapid implementation of a European missing children helpline and to the development of a missing children alert system in each Member State.

The European Commission has reserved the number 116 000 as the European missing children helpline. To date, only six Member States have made any progress in this area: Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Another priority for the Commission is to put in place national missing children alert systems for cases of abduction where the child is in real danger and to develop links between national systems in cross-border cases. Progress is also slow in this area. It is essential that real advances be made in the coming months.
To show solidarity with all parents and missing children, Mr Barrot asked all European Commission staff to express their support for families affected by a disappearance by wearing a “forget-me-not” flower.

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