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116000, the single EU hotline number for missing children is NOT a McCann Idea

The TRUTH  

116000, the single EU hotline number for missing children

IP/07/188 Brussels, 15 February 2007 The Commission has adopted today the Decision reserving the 116000 telephone number in all Member States as a hotline for reporting missing children.

Other common Europe-wide telephone services of social value starting with 116 may soon be reserved following this Decision. "I am delighted that today the first major step towards a single EU hotline number for missing children has been taken," said EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding. "I urge Member States to act now to make this a reality, so that Europe's parents will soon know that they are able to call this number and get immediate help." The first number to be reserved Europe-wide is 116000.

All other numbers beginning with 116 are also reserved for social services in Europe and this Decision is binding on Member States.

These freephone numbers and the services they provide will benefit citizens by helping those in difficulty, or by contributing to their well-being or safety. A public consultation will be launched in March to identify social services that may benefit from 116 numbers which may then also be reserved.

The Decision follows discussion and agreement with Member States (See IP/06/1866).

It requires Member States to permit listed services to be offered, but does not oblige Member States to offer these services. In many cases, services will be provided by private organisations.

Choosing which organisation provides such a service in each Member State will be a national responsibility.

See here for more information on the Legislation for the 116000 hotline number for missing children

PDF Download: Decision 2007/116/EC on reserving the national numbering range beginning with '116'

Telegraph: " The European Commission launched a Europe-wide missing-child hotline number, 116000, in February last year, but so far only Belgium, Denmark, Greece and Portugal have adopted the scheme. The Commission’s vice-president, Franco Frattini, said he was disappointed with the progress made at a national level. "Only four member states showed goodwill until now."

Side Note: The Portuguese Missing Children Association, has the number on their Site.

"The creation of a system of European alert for missing children appeared after Margarida Sousa Uva, the wife of the president of the European Commission, Durão Barroso, alerted Brussels for the “lack of political will " in the 27 member states to create an efficient system of alert for disappearances.

"Unfortunately, the rights of the children are not a priority in the political agenda", criticized Margarida Sousa Uva, which has just been elected the president of the Portuguese Missing Children Association.

Margarida Sousa Uva remembered then that the mechanism of alert is already been applied efficiently in Germany, France, Greece and United Kingdom, lacking only to extend it to the 27"

The SPIN  

Daily Express McCann Abduction Hotline Idea

The parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann are in the process of setting up a dedicated information hotline that will be available across Europe for when police suspect a child has been abducted. Kate and Gerry McCann and their team are believed to have already reserved the hotline number - 116 000. It has yet to go live.

The couple are visiting Brussels as part of a campaign to bring in a dedicated alert system for abducted children. Kate, 40, and 39-year-old Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, recently visited America to see the "Amber" alert system, which allows police officers to commandeer the airwaves and television channels in different states if they believe a child to have been abducted.

The system also allows news alerts, often including the registration number of a suspect's vehicle, to be flashed up on digital signs above the country's motorways. The McCanns are to make a power-point presentation to MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels, providing them with details about how the system works and the case for introducing it in Europe.

They will then launch their declaration, calling for the introduction of such a system, to the world's media at a specially arranged press conference in the Belgian capital. The couple believe such a system could have helped find their daughter Madeleine in the crucial hours after she went missing from their apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

A statement released by the couple said: "A written declaration is being tabled to re-enforce the political message with concrete action and it will be open for signatures at the next plenary session in Strasbourg." The declaration has received cross-party support already. It is being sponsored by five MEPs.

Sky News McCanns To Argue For Child Alert System

The parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann are setting up a dedicated information hotline for missing children that will be available across Europe. Kate and Gerry McCann and their team are believed to have already reserved the hotline number - 116 000.

It has yet to go live but today the couple are visiting Brussels as part of a campaign to bring in a dedicated alert system for abducted children. Kate, 40, and Gerry, 39, from Rothley, Leics, recently visited America to see the "Amber" alert system.

This allows police to commandeer the airwaves and television channels in different states if they believe a child has been abducted. The system also allows news alerts, often including the registration number of a suspect's vehicle, to be flashed up on digital signs on main roads.

Tomorrow the couple will make a power-point presentation to MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels, providing them with details about how the system works and the case for introducing it in Europe. The couple say such a system could have helped find their daughter Madeleine in the crucial hours after she went missing from their apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

The move has received cross-party support in the European Parliament and is being sponsored by five MEPs.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "For Kate and Gerry this is an important opportunity to ensure better co-ordination in Europe when a child goes missing to make sure that no other family goes through the anguish that they are continuing to endure.

"They hope to get the support of a majority of the Parliament's MEPs and with such a moral authority they hope that the European Commission will ensure that such a system comes in to being."

For the proposal to be brought forward, it would have to be signed by a majority of the 785 MEPs within three months. This week Portuguese police asked the couple to return to Praia da Luz to take part in a reconstruction of the events of May 3.

Liverpool Echo McCann abduction hotline idea

The parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann are in the process of setting up a dedicated information hotline that will be available across Europe for when police suspect a child has been abducted. Kate and Gerry McCann and their team are believed to have already reserved the hotline number - 116 000.

It has yet to go live. The couple are visiting Brussels as part of a campaign to bring in a dedicated alert system for abducted children. Kate, 40, and 39-year-old Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, recently visited America to see the "Amber" alert system, which allows police officers to commandeer the airwaves and television channels in different states if they believe a child to have been abducted.

The system also allows news alerts, often including the registration number of a suspect's vehicle, to be flashed up on digital signs above the country's motorways. The McCanns are to make a power-point presentation to MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels, providing them with details about how the system works and the case for introducing it in Europe.

They will then launch their declaration, calling for the introduction of such a system, to the world's media at a specially arranged press conference in the Belgian capital. The couple believe such a system could have helped find their daughter Madeleine in the crucial hours after she went missing from their apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

A statement released by the couple said: "A written declaration is being tabled to re-enforce the political message with concrete action and it will be open for signatures at the next plenary session in Strasbourg." The declaration has received cross-party support already. It is being sponsored by five MEPs.

News Scotsman McCanns set up hotline for abductions

THE parents of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann are setting up a dedicated information hotline that will be available across Europe for when police suspect a child has been abducted. Kate and Gerry McCann are believed to have already reserved the number – 116 000.

Meanwhile Portuguese officers have asked the couple to take part in a reconstruction of the night Madeleine vanished from Praia da Luz on 3 May last year.

A team of detectives from Portugal are currently in the UK to sit in on interviews with friends of the McCanns who dined with them that night.

GMTV Amber alert: Find out about the child alert system Gerry and Kate McCann are lobbying for

Gerry and Kate McCann are visiting Brussels to urge Europe-wide support for a comprehensive cross-border missing child alert system.

Madeleine McCann, then aged three, vanished from a holiday resort in southern Portugal on May 3 last year. Her parents want Euro-MPs to put their names to a declaration demanding swift agreement on a United States-style "Amber Alert" system able to track abducted youngsters across the Continent if necessary.

The McCanns discussed the American system during a visit to Washington last month for talks with the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, and are convinced EU countries can cooperate to set up a similar rapid response plan.

The couple's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said yesterday they were happy to use the high profile Madeleine's disappearance had given them to boost any moves that could improve child safety and the recovery rate of missing children and their abductors anywhere in the 27 EU countries.

"When Madeleine disappeared it was 12 hours before the authorities along the Spanish border were informed," Mr Mitchell said. "But we have modern technology and there must be a simple way of tracking a situation as it develops."

Child abduction An existing patchwork of partial national monitoring systems is already under the spotlight, with the European Commission pushing for cooperation and data-sharing on child abduction cases across EU countries' borders.

But so far only France has introduced a comprehensive national child alert system similar to America's Amber Alert. French authorities can flash up electronic missing child information on motorway signboards within 30 minutes of a confirmed case of abduction. Belgium operates a similar but less well-established system.

On the table at European Parliament talks to be addressed by the McCanns will be a draft declaration on emergency cooperation in recovering missing children.

Among its keen backers and promoters are Yorkshire and Humberside Tory MEP Edward McMillan-Scott, Labour's Glenys Kinnock and Liberal Democrat MEP Diana Wallis.

Mr McMillan-Scott said he hoped the French government, taking over the EU presidency on July 1, would now push for European-wide adoption of the French system. Meanwhile the McCanns' weight behind a European Parliament resolution would add urgency to the issue.

"This is not about legislation but about political will," he said. "Some 130,000 children go missing in Europe every year and the police have to sift through the reports and sort out the abduction cases. They need as much cooperation as possible."

He added: "Under the American Amber Alert scheme nearly 400 children have been recovered since 2003 - 80 per cent in the crucial first 72 hours." Mr McMillan-Scott described the UK system as "patchy", relying on "poor" communication between 53 police forces, charities and volunteers: "I am convinced that we need a single national Amber Alert system, based, as with the US, French and Belgian systems, in the responsible Government department, namely the Home Office. This should have the capacity to network, when necessary, with the developing EU network." Portugal promoted the French alert system to EU Justice Ministers at talks last September. The McCanns welcomed the move but nothing has resulted so far.

What is the AMBER Alert System?

* The AMBER Alert System began in 1996 when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed up with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children.

* AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response and was created as a legacy to 9-year old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered. * Other states and communities soon instituted similar plans as the idea was adopted across the nation.

* The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice assumed responsibility for co-ordination at the national level.

* Modeled after the Texas program, the New York State AMBER Alert Plan is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement, broadcasters and others to immediately involve the public, especially motorists, in the search for an abducted child.


1 comment:

  1. ....."The parents of missing toddler Madeleine McCann are to ask MEPs to push European governments to adopt a coordinated cross-border system for missing children.

    Gerry and Kate McCann are due to make the appeal when they speak at a conference in parliament on Thursday......"
    http://www.theparliament.com/EN/News/200804/94434bb2-8766-457d-b0c6-b4c486c9d208.htm
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    J. cheguei aqui pelo Seu Blog.Obrigada.
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    But we are completly wrong: the Mc,they want create a very,very RED ALERT against negligents parents.


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