President of Malta, H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca met with Eurochild’s first Founding President Catriona Williams OBE of Children in Wales, and former Board member and member of the election committee George Bogdanov of National Network of Children in Bulgaria at San Anton Palace, in Attard, Malta.
President Coleiro Preca kindly accepted the invitation to attend the Eurochild General Assembly in April this year. She has also been nominated to be an honorary member of Eurochild for her exceptional commitment to children’s rights and she will be attending the General Assembly in April.
During the meeting, the President of Malta expressed her concern at the plight of the 49 children, women and men, who were stranded on two vessels in the Mediterranean Sea for 19 days. President Coleiro Preca spoke of the need to make fundamental human rights, and children’s rights, a priority.
A number of NGOs and the Maltese Commissioner for Children had also demanded that the vessel be brought ashore. The 49 migrants have now been allowed to disembark.
Eurochild advocates for children’s rights and well-being to be at the heart of policymaking. The network of organisations is working with and for children throughout Europe, striving for a society that respects the rights of children. Eurochild holds an annual General Assembly to bring together its members. The General Assembly has the power to elect the Management Board, change statutes and approve annual budget and internal rules.