The Committee members discussed the child rights situation in Bulgaria.
You’re here because you believe that children’s rights are not just something written on paper or fairy tales but that we should apply them every day to every child. Childhood is a very special period of life in which all children need love, care and protection, to be happy and to grow up as the best adults they can be.
On October 7, 2014 National Network for Children, together with the Institute for Social Activities and Practices organized final round table in the frame of the project “Alternatives for the detention of young offenders – development of programs for intensive and specialized foster care”, funded by the program DAPHNE III.
The agreement aims at improving the cooperation and integration between the both institutions. This will be achieved through periodic information exchange, needed to implement and develop the state policy for child protection, to plan adequate measures and activities to ensure children rights respect.
The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has opened an investigation on her own initiative into respect for fundamental rights in the EU’s “cohesion” policy. The Ombudsman has received many complaints in this area, for example about problems small businesses face when accessing EU funds, or from applicants for EU projects who allege discrimination.
The National Network for Children proposes that the State Agency for Child Protection – as a specialized institution of the Council of Ministers for the management, coordination and control in the field of child protection, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – as a body to coordinate and carry out international cooperation in the country including in the field of children’s rights, initiate a working group together to develop a mechanism and action plan for Bulgaria’s accession to the Third optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a procedure for communication.