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article imageMissing Child Campaign Alert Heralded a Success

By Alethea Borgman     Apr 29, 2009 in Crime
Kate and Jerry McCann have backed a European proposal promoting missing children within the European Economic Community.
A 900,000 euro funding from the EU commission has been granted and will help towards the cause of finding their missing daughter, Madeleine, and many other missing children.
Euro State members are to combine efforts in relation to missing children and intend to put in place an activation system which will ensure all picture and identity information are forwarded to border authorities, media and law enforcement agencies.
The system will be based upon the “Amber Alert System”, a US model, which has been adopted by the European Economic Community. The US system has been credited with helping over 400 missing children.
Due to the support of some 413 MEP's, this declaration has now been given the go-ahead as a formal resolution within the European Parliament .
Details of the latest developments were revealed at a news conference in parliament on Wednesday by Tory MEP Edward-McMillan-Scott, a vice president of Parliament.
McMillan-Scott said: "When a child goes missing, the first 72 hours are crucial. Currently European countries fail to cooperate effectively when recovering missing children.”
According to "We need a system in place that will transmit the picture and details of an abducted child into every conceivable place. Experience of those countries that have alert systems in place, such as the USA, is extremely positive.”
The response from MEPs to our declaration was phenomenal. We sent a strong signal to the commission that we need action and to their credit the commission has responded."
"We need some technical solutions to this tragic problem. Kate and Gerry McCann have been fantastic in supporting this initiative which will hopefully stop other parents from going through their heart-breaking ordeal."
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