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Protecting Europe's children

September 20, 2008 11:10 AM

Child protection across Europe could soon receive a major boost with the creation of a Europe-wide missing child recovery system.

Sponsored by Lib Dem MEP Diana Wallis and backed by the parents of Madeleine McCann, the EU Parliament has passed a campaign calling for a Europe-wide 'amber alert' system.

This would be a partnership between law enforcement agencies and the media, posting immediate bulletins, operating with messages on TV, radio and motorway signs.

There would also be a missing child hotline and a European rapid response and policy unit.

Hard-working local MEP Sharon Bowles supports the scheme.

She said, 'Other European countries, such as France and Belgium, already have in place a similar scheme - it's about time the system was adopted across the EU, to make all children safer. Protecting children is vital- let's do everything we can.'