The Third Meeting of the Euroepan Council for Juvenile Justice under the title “Investing in Children: ensuring effective and efficient youth justice systems in time of crises” relied on the participation of most of the European Council for Juvenile Justice memebrs and the Objective of the was itwofold:
- dicuss and adress the consequences of the different crises on juvenile justice
- endorse the formalisation of the European Council for Juvenile Justice as a proper network
To this extent, the Third Meeting of the ECJJ will alternate topics dealing with either issues currently developed or at stake in Europe with more down to earth technicalities such as the functioning of the Council or its upcoming new publication, a White Paper reviewing the impact of the financial, economical and social crises on youth justice systems throughout Europe.
As a result, will be presented as well as discussed:
1. Introducing the aim of the Third Meeting of the ECJJ
- Juvenile Justice without borders, the vision of a world-class actor.
- The relevance of a European network of youth justice professionals; the creation and now formalisation of the European Council for Juvenile Justice; past and upcoming achievements: from the Green Papers on Child-Friendly Justice to the White Paper addressing the consequences of the different crises on juvenile justice systems.
- Juvenile justice as a burning issue: conclusion on the last Meeting of the European Network of Ombudspeople for Children as held in Nicosia by and under the framework of the 2012 Cyprus Presidency of the European Union.
2. The European institutions and their latest initiatives regarding Children Rigths and Child=Friendly Justice
- The Council of Europe presenting Council of Europe Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children” as well as “The Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-15”.
- The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, which speech focused on “The FRA’s mandate and Rights of the Child work”.
- The European Commission, and more particularly DG Justice, Unit Fundamental rights and rights of the child, which presentation was centered on “Study to collect data on children's involvement in administrative, civil and criminal judicial proceedings”.
3. Drafting a White Paper on Youth Justice
- A review of the consequences of the crises on juvenile justice systems at a European level.
- Collecting and analysing data, both qualitative and quantitative ones, from various European countries.
- Underlining the areas (prevention, intervention, reintegration) or European regions most at risk.
- Eventually, draft recommendations in order to use the available resources as efficiently as possible.