Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (201)

Joe McHugh

Question:

201. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will update Dáil Éireann as to recent EU dialogue about Finland's position on the EU missing children help line; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32541/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The 116000 Missing Children Hotline is an EU-wide initiative designed to provide a single point of contact across the European Union for missing children and their families. The number is currently operational in 23 EU countries and the number has been allocated and is soon to be operational in a further three countries.

As part of the recent EU Presidency, Ireland co-hosted an EU conference on Missing Children, in Brussels on the 4th of June 2013, at which all EU countries were encouraged to fully roll out a 24/7 Missing Children Hotline service.