The statutory body of the Council of Europe - the Committee of Ministers - at a meeting in Nicosia adopted an action plan for the protection of refugees and migrant children, RIA Novosti reported to the Council.
Europe is experiencing the most serious migration crisis since World War II, caused primarily by a number of armed conflicts and acute economic problems in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
"Since 19 May 2017 during the 127 session of the Committee of Ministers in Nicosia (Cyprus) 47 European states have adopted an action plan for the protection of refugees and migrant children (2017-2019)," the source said.
He quoted the words of Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, who noted in this connection that "today the Council of Europe has decided to take concrete measures to protect refugees and migrant children fleeing war, violence and persecution."
"We must prevent the facts in which a child becomes a victim of violence, abuse, exploitation, is used in commerce." This is a moral imperative, "the secretary general said.
The interlocutor of the agency in the Council's apparatus explained that "all areas of the Organization's activities fall under the" action plan. " Coordination of work in this area is entrusted to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Migration and Refugees, Ambassador Thomas Bosec.
The new document The Council of Europe presupposes the specific actions of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe in the field of refugee protection with special emphasis on street children. The document calls on countries to ensure access to rights and procedures adapted for children, to ensure their effective protection, to improve the integration of children in Europe.
"The action plan takes into account complementarities and cooperation with the European Union and other key partners," the agency's interlocutor added.