Little London Community Choir came to Leeds Central Library to sing Christmas carols and songs.
The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission which gathers key actors from European institutions, EU Member States, Ombudspersons for children, international organisations and NGOs.
This 8th edition of the Forum will address the need for integrated and coordinated child protection systems across a range of policy areas. The Forum will focus on the exchange of good practice in specific areas and contribute to work on EU guidelines supporting integrated protection systems, taking into account the protection needs of all children. This edition will build on the discussions launched at the 7th Forum in 2012.
On 17 December, the Forum will be dedicated to high level speeches on opportunities and challenges in supporting integrated child protection systems and their functioning in particular situations.
On 18 December, participants will exchange ideas in four parallel sessions on the role of child protection systems in:
- Ensuring respect of the best interests of the child in cases of parental child abduction;
- Meeting the needs of children on the move;
- Protecting children from violence – bullying and cyber-bullying;
- Protecting children from violence – female genital mutilation.
- Background paper
- More information about the Forum
On 21 November 2012, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union declared 2013 the European Year of Citizens to promote discussions regarding EU citizenship. The goal of the European Year of Citizens is to increase awareness and knowledge of EU citizenship-related rights and duties.
In January 2013, Presiding Ireland organized the European Year of Citizens opening event. On 12–13 December Lithuania will organize the closing event.
Around 350 participants are expected from various EU NGOs, governmental and European institutions. On Lithuania’s initiative, several representatives of the EU Eastern Partnership countries’ (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) NGO sector will be invited to participate as guests. This will allow them to see the actual situation of citizens in the EU and their discussions, and on that information base their evaluation of the perspectives of joining the EU.
Foreign ambassadors residing in Lithuania, the Baltic States’ Ombudsmen, members of the EP representing Lithuania in the EU, and representatives of various Lithuanian institutions dealing with citizen rights are also expected to participate at the Conference.
Opening addresses will be given by the leaders of Lithuania, the Vice-President of the EC and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, the first leader of Lithuania after the restoration of independence Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis.
The decorations look fab on the tree:
Decorations on our christmas tree have been created by primary school children from all over Europe. Learning how Christmas is celebrated and about languages, cultures and traditions in other European countries.