European Child Labour Act 2012


    Proposed by Pax Aurea :: Passed (10-0) February 2nd, 2012 :: Unamended


    1. This Act aims to define and enforce a Europe-wide set of uniform regulations concerning the employment of children, in order to protect the children of all member states, and prevent the abuse of child workers, while understanding and respecting the different cultural norms and traditions of the many European nation-states.

    2. For the purposes of this Act, we define the used terms as follows:
      a. child: a person of 14 years of age or younger;
      b. child labour: the employment of children at regular and sustained labour;
      c. short-time job: a job with no more than 20 hours of work time per week.

    3. This Act encourages and recommends member nations to include additional children's rights in their national law.


    1. Member nations of the European Union are hereby required to outlaw the use of child labour, with the exceptions listed in subsection (2).

    2. The following instances are excluded from the definition of "child labour", on condition that the child agrees and is not forced to do the job:
      a. volunteer and charity work
      b. practical training and/or apprenticeship training as part of the curriculum
      c. short-time jobs not involving heavy manual labour, and seasonal jobs that do not hinder the child's studies, like summer jobs
      d. media work and performing arts, such as acting, theater, and musical performances.

    3. This Act specifically condemns and outlaws the employment of children by the military and the conscription of child soldiers, and child prostitution.

    4. This Act allows member nations to set higher age limits for the definition of "children" and "child labour" in their domestic legislation.


    1. All member nations of the European Union are required to harmonize their national law(s) with this Act in 12 months of time from its approval by the European Council.

    2. Violations of this Act in national law and/or individual incidents will be tried in the European Court of Justice.

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