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Plan International EU Office’s goal is to contribute to the promotion, protection and realisation of children’s rights, focusing particularly on the poorest and most marginalised children.

The European Union (EU) is one of the world’s largest and most influential development and humanitarian actors, and influencing its policies, actions and funding has the potential to positively affect the lives of hundreds of millions of children in developing countries.

As such, Plan International EU Office works with the EU institutions to ensure that the promotion and protection of children’s rights, with a focus on gender equality, are a priority for the EU’s external action.

Plan International EU Office represents Plan International to the EU institutions, and acts as a coordination hub on EU issues for Plan International’s European and Country Offices.

To find out more about our work, go to the Plan International EU Office website.

Our key focus areas

In pursuit of our goal, Plan International EU Office focuses on the following priorities:

Child protection

Plan International EU Office works to ensure that protecting children from harm remains at the forefront of the EU’s external action. We focus in particular on children’s right to be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in every setting and call for the EU to adopt a systems approach to child protection.


Girls’ rights and gender equality

We advocate for the specific rights and needs of girls to be central to both development and humanitarian interventions. Girls’ rights and gender equality is a cross-cutting theme within our work on children’s rights, youth economic empowerment, child protection and humanitarian aid.


Youth economic empowerment

Ensuring all young people, including the most marginalised and disadvantaged, can unlock their potential through access to decent work will drive progress towards sustainable, inclusive development. We advocate for EU action to be targeted at ensuring young people have the opportunities to learn the skills and get the qualifications they need to succeed in the world of work.


Humanitarian aid

The EU is one of the world’s biggest humanitarian actors, and we work with the EU institutions to ensure children’s rights and needs are respected in all emergency response and disaster preparedness programmes. We particularly emphasise the importance of focusing on the poorest and most marginalised girls and women in ECHO’s responses.


Where can you find us?

Galerie Ravenstein 27/4
1000 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 2 504 60 50

Plan International EU Office website
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