116000: The Pan-European Missing Children's Hotline

Despite many public campaigns, pleas by her parents, TV appeals, press cover, and social networking activity etc there is no trace yet of her. And the 25th May was the International Day for Missing Children. I just heard about it… two days too late! In fact, I did not  know there was such a day. Personally, it should be Missing Children’s Day every day. All year. We should not need reminding. European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner said, “Missing children are not forgotten children. As with every year, the Commission is supporting International Day of Missing Children. This day shows that we care about all missing children and their loved ones.” European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes added, “The pan-European hotline number 116 000 is a crucial tool for finding missing children. 25th May marks the deadline for EU Member States to implement new telecoms rules requiring them to ‘make every effort to ensure that citizens have access to a service operating a hotline to report cases of missing children’, and stipulating that ‘the hotline shall be available on the number 116 000”.]]>