In adopting these documents, the Expert Group agreed that it will continue to stimulate dialogue and exchange on cross-border concerns, to develop and nurture strategic partnership and to contribute to the development and implementations of tangible projects to promote children’s rights and bolster national child protection systems.
At the 1998 Summit in Riga, the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers supported CBSS initiated cooperation activities on children at risk, which firmly established the regional work and commitment to protecting children at risk under the auspices of CBSS.
The meeting identified strategic recommendations for enhanced regional and cross-regional cooperation in the shared ambition of achieving target 16.2 which calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against children.
With the concept of becoming a ‘Barnahus on the internet,’ the idea for a regional IT network first arose in 1998. This became the now-retired “Child Centre” website, and was a key development in the establishment of the Expert Group.