It is a great honour for me to be present among you today, as the representative of the Committee of the Regions. Since its creation in 1994, the Committee of the Regions has worked to make Europe more democratic, transparent and inclusive. The Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force on 1 December 2009, is an important step forward in enabling all levels of government across Europe to work together. Although the institutional and legal framework for the respect of the Rights of the Child is sufficiently well developed within the European Union, there is still room for improvement of new policy measures, well-coordinated actions and the constant monitoring of these all. The Communication adopted by the European Commission in 2006 "Towards an EU strategy on the Rights of the Child " foresaw a commitment of the Commission that during the preparation of proposals that might have an impact on children, the EU would always make sure that the rights of the child are fully taken into account: consequently, this approach has also influenced practices at the national and local level. As well COR hopes that forthcoming later this month Communication on the Fundamental Rights will make new impetus and dynamic to improve significantly current situation. It i
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