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FRC 2010 coverMonday 6 December 2010

19.30 Welcome reception

hosted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (the Sheraton Brussels Hotel, Place Rogier)

Tuesday 7 December 2010

08.30 – 09.15 Registration

09.15 – 09.30 Opening

Children have their say!” Report from children’s workshop, held in cooperation with Eurochild

09.30 –09.40 Welcome

Ilze Brands Kehris, Chairperson of the Management Board, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

09.40 - 10.30 Keynote addresses
  • Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
  • Roberta Angelilli,Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Morten Kjaerum, Director, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
10.30 - 11.00

International perspectives on the protection
of the rights of the child
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00 CHALLENGES in protecting vulnerable children in the EU
  Panel debate and plenary discussion with policy-makers and practitioners

  • Bernard De Vos, General Delegate of the French Community for the Rights of the Child, Belgium
  • Bernard Boëton, Terre des Hommes
  • Ignacio Packer, Head of Programmes,Terre des Hommes
  • Kate Blewett, journalist, founder of TBACT - the Campaign for Bulgaria's Abandoned Children
  • Micaela Navarro Garzon, Councillor for Equality and Social Welfare, Regional government of Andalucía, Spain
  • Imre Nyitrai, Deputy State Secretary for Social Affairs, Ministry of National Resources, Hungary
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 16.30 Meeting the challenge

Practical proposals to address the challenges faced by children in situations of particular vulnerability
(Parallel working group discussions)

  • Child victims of domestic violence
    Chaired by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
  • Separated and unaccompanied, asylum-seeking children
    Chaired by Jozef de Witte, Director of Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition toFRC 2009 - Panel Racism, Belgium
  • Child victims of trafficking
    Chaired by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Children with intellectual disabilities
    Chaired by Jan Pfeiffer, Lumos, Chair of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care 

Marketplace of Ideas: Networking and good practice sharing 

New developments, ground-breaking reports, tools and initiatives in the field
Interactive presentations by:

Amnesty International, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children, Human Rights Watch, UNHCR, UNICEF, Council of Europe, Belgian network of child rights NGOs (La CODE and Kinderrechtencoalitie), FRA

17.30 – 18.00

Summary of Day 1 and food for thought for Day 2 by: Lena Karlsson, Director of Save the Children International’s Child Protection Initiative

20.30 Reception hosted by the Ministry of Justice, Belgium

Wednesday 8 December


Opening by:
Stefaan De Clerck, Minister of Justice, Belgium

Keynote address by:
Hilde F. Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

10.00 – 11.00

ENSURING JUSTICE AND THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS of the most vulnerable by ensuring justice and the protection of rights of all children

Panel debate and plenary discussion with institutional stakeholders:

  • FRC 2009 - ParticipantsKinga Gál, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament
  • Hilde F. Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Ann Power, Judge, European Court of Human Rights
  • Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, European Commission
11.00 – 13.00


Identification of proposals for practical action at EU, national and local levels to ensure justice for children
(Parallel working group discussions)

  • FRA director Morten Kjaerum speaking at the FRC 2009Child-friendly judicial and administrative procedures:
  • Chaired by Justice Renate Winter, former President of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates
  • Participation of vulnerable children and access to support and complaints structures including children’s ombudspersons:
  • Chaired by Sarah D’Hondt, President of the National Commission for Children’s Rights, Belgium
  • Joined-up governance:
  • Chaired by Ambassador Irma Ertman, Permanent Representative of Finland to the Council of Europe Thematic Co-ordinator on Children, Council of Europe Committee of Ministers
  • Data availability and indicators:
  • Chaired by Arnoldas Abramavičius, Member of the European Union Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Zarasai District Municipality, Lithuania
13.00 – 14:00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.50 Summing up - Interactive panel with working group chairs (Day II)

Comment and suggestions for way forward by
Ankie Vandekerckhove, independent expert on children’s rights

14.50 – 15.00

Closing Remarks

Morten Kjaerum, FRA Director