Thursday, January 21, 2010

'EU-wide alert system for missing children'


_44102996_maccann13_ap41630029.9.07 - EU plan for missing child alerts

Portugal will next week call for the creation of an EU-wide alert system for missing children, five months after Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday resort in the south of the country. The move has been welcomed by the McCann family.
Portugal, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, will make its call to justice and home affairs ministers at an EU meeting in Lisbon. It will propose that ministers consider expanding to all 27 countries a French alert system involving a nationwide media campaign and messages in stations and on motorways.

"In a Europe without borders ... when a kid disappears in France, maybe he's not in France any more, maybe in Germany, or any other EU country," an EU presidency official told Reuters. If a child goes missing in an EU country, the alert could immediately be sent out to all other member states, with details of the missing child's appearance and appropriate contact details for anyone with information.
In a statement released through Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, Madeleine's father, Gerry, said: "If this is true, we would very much welcome it as it would be a major step in the right direction. We feel it would be vital in protecting other children and their families. Kate and I have consistently campaigned to effect change throughout the EU to help protect children."

Madeleine went missing on May 3 in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.

Paul Hamilos in Madrid, Esther Addley
Saturday September 29, 2007
The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/eu/story/0,,2179809,00.html


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