COMBATING VIOLENCE : PARLIAMENT CONCERNED FOR FUTURE OF DAPHNE PROGRAMME.

 
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MEPs fear that incorporating the Daphne programme into a more general programme, as the European Commission is envisaging for the 2014-2020 period, will lead to a decrease in financing, visibility and ambition. At the European Parliament's 2 February plenary session, MEPs adopted a non-legislative resolution calling for the perpetuation of this instrument - launched in 1997 - in order to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women, children and youth, and to develop coordinated action in the EU.

The text, drafted by the Portuguese MEP Regina Bastos (EPP), particularly regrets that combating violence against children, young people and women is not explicitly listed in the specific objectives' set out in the communication on a proposed regulation establishing the Rights and Citizenship Programme for 2014 to 2020, in which Daphne is to be incorporated from 2014.

MEPs feel that, in terms of financing and visibility, Daphne must remain high-profile...

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