EU fights violence against children, young persons and women
The Council of the European Union decided today to start a
Daphne-programme for years 2000-2003. The aim of the programme is to protect children,
young persons and women from violence, to prevent violence and to support the victims of
violence. The EU regards that the consequences of violence are so significant that a
Community level action programme is needed to prevent them.
The approval of the programme was one of the main goals of the Finnish
presidency. Good co-operation between the Parliament and the Council made possible rapid
acceptance of the programme and its start in the beginning of year 2000.
The programme supports multisectoral networks and helps organisations to
co-operate with each other and with the officials in order to enhance the exchange of
information and experiences on the Community level. The programme also aims to improve
public awareness about violence and about the prevention of violence through information
campaigns, seminars, conferences, publications and the Internet.
A budget of 20 million euros is reserved to execute the programme in
2000-2003. The action programme was accepted for the first time on the Community level.
Violence against children, young persons and women has been prevented since 1997 through
different pilot projects which the EU has financed.
Senior Officer Ms Eeva Pudas
tel. +358 9 160 4180,
Senior Officer Mr Kauko Salo
tel. +358 9 160 4345