Dublin MEP supports McCann’s bid for European child alert system (18/6/08)

June 18, 2008 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

A campaign by Kate and Gerry McCann to set up a Europe-wide alert system for missing children is being jeopardised by a lack of support from MEPs. The couple, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal last year, needs to collect a total of 393 MEP signatures by the end of July to ensure that their written declaration is recognised by the EU president and published. But up to now only 226 MEPs have signed the list.
Dublin MEP Eoin Ryan has been rallying his colleagues in Brussels to back the initiative. Although written declarations have no legislative force, a formal acknowledgement of the petition would strengthen the case for all member states to develop a cross-border action strategy for child disappearances.
The McCanns claim a network like the Amber Alert system in the US could have made a difference in the first crucial hours after their daughter went missing. Fianna Fáil MEP Eoin Ryan, who met the McCanns at the European Parliament, said ‘Amber Alert has helped recover 80 per cent of children within 72 hours of disappearance. It’s a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, border authorities, transport networks and the media which is activated in the most serious of child abduction cases. An urgent bulletin is circulated with details of the missing child, a photo, any information about the disappearance, and a telephone number to call.’

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Entry filed under: Children and the EU.

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