The Special Representative is taking stock on concrete results achieved in 2018 in the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan on protecting migrant and refugee children in Europe (2017-2019). Today, he publishes a visual presentation of all actions achieved so far in protecting children in migration, including the relevant resources linked to the results.
The Special Representative acknowledges the commitment and joint efforts of the different units dealing with migration at the Council of Europe. He extends his thanks to Andorra, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Serbia who contributed financially in the implementation of the Action Plan. He also expressed appreciation to Switzerland for the voluntary contributions to the PACE Campaign End Immigration Detention of Children and to Azerbaijan, Germany, Norway, San Marino, and the European Union for their voluntary contributions to projects covered jointly under the Action Plan on Building Inclusive Societies.
The activities carried out under the Action Plan have a special focus on unaccompanied and separated children aiming at ensuring access to rights and child-friendly procedures, providing effective protection from violence and enhancing integration of children who would remain in Europe.
In September 2018, the Special Representative presented the mid-term review of the implementation of the Action Plan in a narrative report.