Learning from Shannon Matthews' disappearance
Could Shannon have been found earlier if there had been common European guidelines for police to follow?
Conservative MEP Edward McMillan-Scott wants the European Union to adopt a common alert scheme for missing children.
He says that Shannon Mathews would have been found much earlier if there had been one in operation.
The scheme he favours is based on the American Amber Alert, and it would have meant that all members of the extended family would have been interviewed.
In the US, 80% of cases involving missing children involve a relative. Mr McMillan-Scott has met with Alain Lamassoure who is advising the French President on ways the EU can be more involved in cross-border activity.
He wants the French to press the idea when they take over the EU presidency in the summer.