Rights for Children: The Potential Impact of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights
Posted: 22 Jun 2014
Date Written: 2002
Children are largely invisible in EU law. There is no 'children's policy' to speak of and little apparent interest in developing mechanisms to consider the interests of children in policy and decision-making. This position is set to change with the adoption of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights which contains a number of provisions relating to children. The mere inclusion of a specific provision on children in the Charter is highly symbolic and represents a significant new phase in the EU's relations with children. Furthermore, the new rights will require a re-examination of existing practices and will provide a new framework within which future decisions must be taken. The Charter's provisions will, therefore, provide support for those demanding a more integrated and thoughtful approach to children in the Union. Thus, despite the limited and often restrictive nature of the Charter's provisions on children, they represent a success story of the Charter.
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