Call for Action for a comprehensive, sustainable Europe 2030 strategy with a strong social dimension
In 2018, well before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 110 million Europeans at risk of poverty, of whom 23 million were children. The European Union as well as the entire world are on the verge of a new economic crisis, which is expected to be even more severe than in 2008. The COVID19 crisis will directly contribute to growing health and socio-economic inequalities between and within EU Member States.
In 2010, the European Union adopted the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The European Commission, has not presented until today any adequate successor to the Europe strategy, that would set the European Union’s vision and steer the EU’s priorities in the long term.
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children, with the support of the Social Platform and SDG Watch Europe, call the European Commission to launch a proposal for a Europe 2030 strategy that will combine the promotion of:
– Equality and wellbeing, poverty reduction and social inclusion,
– inclusive and sustainable economic recovery, stability and growth,
– environmental protection by implementing the European Green Deal
– digital transformation
We call the EU institutions to:
a) Propose and adopt a comprehensive, sustainable Europe 2030 strategy with a strong social dimension
b) Set an ambitious target to tackle poverty and child poverty in the EU with a mid-term review
c) Strengthen social and economic policy coordination and monitoring of the Europe 2030 Strategy
d) Allocate EU funding for the implementation of the Europe 2030 Strategy
e) Meaningfully engage civil society and social partners in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Europe 2030 Strategy.
Read the full call here