EP Study - EU Framework on Children's rights (UNCRC = NOT ACQUIS


All EU Member States have ratified the Convention; however the EU is not a party.4 The

European Commission recently stated that the ‘standards and principles of the UNCRC must

continue to guide EU policies and actions that have an impact on the rights of the child’.5 In

addition, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has expressly recognised the

need to respect children’s rights and requires EU law to take due account of the UNCRC.6

All the Member States have signed the Convention’s two additional Optional Protocols on

the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of

children in armed conflict, but the EU has not.7