Missing children deserve better

25 May

Quite rightly the EU is calling on countries to adopt a common missing child hotline as soon as possible.

The number will be 116 000.

Today is International Missing Children’s Day and there is some concern that only 11 EU countries have adopted the hotline so far (Belgium, Denmark, Greece, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia). Portugal where Madeleine McCann went missing was the first, as far back as September 2007.

All countries are obliged to "make every effort" to bring in the hotline by one year today.

Why the wait?

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