'EU-wide alert system for missing children'

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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


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EU mulls alert system for missing children
Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:36pm BST
By Ingrid Melander

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Portugal will push next week for the creation of an EU-wide alert system for missing children, five months after four-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing in a holiday resort in the south of the country.

Portugal, which holds the rotating EU presidency, will ask the bloc's justice and home affairs ministers, meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Lisbon, if they want to expand to all 27 countries a new 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 anymore, maybe in Germany, or any other EU country," an EU Presidency official said. "The alert could be given also in Finland, Spain, Portugal..."

The official said if ministers backed the idea at the Lisbon meeting, experts would start working on how to set it up, but could not say when the system would be operational.

Ministers will also be asked whether they want to create an EU-wide electronic list of missing children and if only the police and the judiciary would have access to it or if it would be open to everybody, the official said.

Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3 while her family were on holiday in Portugal triggering an international search and a high-profile media campaign.

Portuguese police have named her parents as suspects, but parents Kate and Gerry McCann deny any involvement and say they believe Madeleine is still alive.

Asked whether this case had prompted the plan for an EU-alert system, the official said: "One should not draw a link with the McCann case, there are cases of missing children all over Europe."

© Reuters 2007. All rights reserved.

Gepost door: Jan Boeykens | 30-09-07

Alert system across European borders
Patrick Foster and David Brown
From The Times
October 2, 2007

Details of missing children are to be flashed up on railway departure boards and electronic motorway signs across Europe under plans devised by the Portuguese Government to speed up searches. The proposals will be presented to EU ministers today.

The plan for a common alert system across European borders follows criticism of the length of time it took Portuguese authorities to inform ports and neighbouring countries about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Portuguese Government denied that its latest initiative was linked to the case of the British girl.

Portugal, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will ask other countries to adopt the French system, which rushes details to regional media as well as transport hubs such as motorway service stations as soon as an abduction has been reported.

Speaking before today’s meeting, Alberto Costa, Portugal’s Justice Minister, said: “A million children a year are the subject of abduction. A lot of cases are not investigated. It is important to look for cross-border solutions.”

A dramatic alert would not be appropriate in every case, an adviser to the minister added. “We need strict rules on the way we issue alerts, because it can be dangerous in some kinds of abduction,” the adviser said. “We want common guidelines rather than a uniform approach. We will discuss the way an alert is made — in France, for example, the prosecutor decides because it is linked to that process.”

The ministers will also be asked to consider ways to combat abduction cases in which an estranged spouse or partner tries to take a child to another country.

In another initiative, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will call for a tougher EU approach to monitoring sex offenders as they travel around the 27 member states.

Only Britain and the Irish Republic currently require someone on the sex offenders register to tell police when they are travelling abroad for more than three days so that the authorities abroad can be alerted.

Gepost door: James | 04-10-07

'Child Alert' in België Het parket van Charleroi heeft een opsporingsbericht verspreid naar aanleiding van de verdwijning van een 12-jarige jongen uit Charleroi. Eddy Marquet verdween op 5 oktober rond 8u45 in de streek van Charleroi.

Hij is 12 jaar oud, ongeveer 1m50 groot en mager gebouwd. Hij heeft kort blond haar met een hanekam en heeft blauwe ogen. Op het ogenblik van zijn verdwijning droeg hij een donkerkleurige training en een bordeaux trui. Hij is niet in het bezit van enig document, geld of een gsm.

Wie inlichtingen heeft kan contact opnemen met de speurders via het gratis telefoonnummer 0800-91119 of met Child Focus via het nummer 110. (belga/dm)

De Morgen 7/10/2007

De Morgen publiceerde geen foto.

Gepost door: Jan Boeykens | 07-10-07

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