Malta, 11 July, 2016


Preceded by the annual meeting of the EAN Board of Directors on June 23rd 2016, and followed the next day by the 3rd International EAN Conference on Bullying, held in Malta and honored by the participation of HE the President of Malta, Ms. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, and other Maltese dignitaries, the General Assembly of the European Anti-Bullying Network (EAN) adopts the following points:


1.     EAN members stress the urgency of addressing the problem of bullying, a phenomenon growing at a concerning pace in our societies, both in Europe and globally.


2.     Exchanging experiences, analyses and good practices, and guided by academic advice, EAN members warn that a variety of societal developments, such as an increasing lack of empathy, competitive pressure, intolerance, stereotypes and power struggles lead to the phenomenon of bullying, which primarily affects children, but also all kinds of minority groups in society. The fast rise of cyber-bullying, far more invasive into private life than the traditional forms of bullying, is a matter of particular and growing concern.


3.     Considering the above-mentioned, EAN members in Malta decide on specific joint or common actions, namely:


·        to pursue a framework of certification based on quality policies in schools and other institutional environments where bullying needs to be combated;

·        to support educational initiatives and policies enhancing social attitudes and skills, while promoting the use of EAN as a switchboard platform to this effect;

·        to report in September 2016 in the context of the UNGASS anti-bullying resolutions.


4.     EAN members furthermore agree on a joint strategy:


·        to expand the network so as to include members from at least all EU Member States;

·        to enhance common working methods in order to ensure continuity in the exchange and implementation of joint or converging actions among members of EAN;

·        to demand from their respective competent national authorities that National Anti-Bullying Action Plans be enhanced or, in their absence, developed on the basis of the set of recommendations established by the European Anti-Bullying Network;

·        to promote and actively put at the disposal of young people and vulnerable groups concrete instruments of communication which open ways for them to participate in the discernment of, and the combat against bullying;

·        to set up joint mechanisms among EAN members to collect and monitor data on bullying, in order to map the phenomenon and its development at the European level;

·        to initiate a European Road Map on the combat against bullying and the promotion of relevant social citizenship skills;

·        to mobilize the EU institutions in order to generate their structural support for efforts to combat bullying and raise awareness among children, young people, parents, educators, practitioners, and the general public;

·        to encourage and support, beyond the EU context, pertinent initiatives in the framework of multilateral organizations, including UNESCO and other components of the UN System, addressing the various forms and aspects, causes and consequences of bullying.