While children are affected by all the legislation and policy that we adopt at European level, in the European Parliament (EP) there is no Parliamentary committee that has specific responsibility for children. The Intergroup on Children’s Rights represents the first formal body in the EP that will mainstream children’s rights and assess the impact of legislative and non-legislative work on children.
It is a cross-party, a cross-national group of committed MEPs, who will work together with child-focused organisations to keep children’s rights on top of the EU agenda. The aim of the Intergroup is to promote children’s rights and ensure that the best interest of the child is taken into account in EU internal and external action.
To do so, the Intergroup has nominated child rights focal points in each parliamentary committee, who alert the Intergroup on the files that have an impact on children. The Intergroup’s work is based on the Child Rights Manifesto prepared by a coalition of child-focused organisations working towards the realisation of the EU’s legal and policy commitments to promote and protect children’s rights, and obligations set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Bios of Co-Chairs

MEP Caterina Chinnici, S&D Italy

Born in Palermo, MEP Chinnici graduated from law school at 21 years old and  was the youngest magistrate in Italy to be appointed as Chief Prosecutor of a Public Prosecutor´s Office. During her long carrier she has carried out the functions of Chief Public Prosecutor at Juvenile Court of Palermo, member of the Commission for international adoptions and member of the Central Organism for the protection of unaccompanied minors established by the Italian Minister of Interior. She was the Head of the Department for the Juvenile Justice of Italian Minister of Justice. In 2009 she became member of the Government of the Sicilian region, as a Councillor for Family, Social Policies and Local Autonomy. In May 2014 she was elected as member of the European Parliament and has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Children’s Rights Intergroup

MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, EPP Sweden

MEP Corazza Bildt’s main areas of work are migration, digital single market and food. She is highly involved in issues of peace, freedom and democracy in Europe. In particular, she works to combat trafficking of human beings and to eradicate violence against women and children.

To promote and protect children’s rights has always been a key priority in her work. Therefore she created and is the Co-Chair of the first Intergroup on Children’s Rights in the European Parliament. She is first Vice-Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO), Deputy-Coordinator of the Women Rights Committee (FEMM) and the EU-Ukraine Delegation. She is also a substitute of the Civil liberties, Home Affairs and Migration Committee (LIBE) and the EU Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission.