Cross-party support in Spain to the European Child Guarantee at Plataforma’s EU election event

Spanish candidates for the European elections met with civil society representatives at the roundtable debate organised by Plataforma de Infancia, Eurochild’s National Partner Network in Spain on 14 May in Madrid.

Spanish candidates for the European elections met with civil society representatives at the roundtable debate organised by Plataforma de Infancia, Eurochild’s National Partner Network in Spain on 14 May in Madrid. Members of the Plataforma presented the key messages of the Vote for Children campaign, which were initially launched in Spanish the week before. Eurochild was supporting the event and contributed with some highlights for putting children’s rights on the EU institutions’ agenda.

Four political parties were represented by candidate Members of European Parliament (MEP) in the debate that followed - Antonio López Isturiz, EPP; Mónica Silvana, S&D; Patricia Caro, GUE; Susana Solís ALDE. They unanimously agreed that:

  • Reducing child poverty needs to be a policy priority for Spain as well as for Europe as a whole
  • The Child Guarantee needs to be adopted in the co-legislative process on the European Social Fund Plus;
  • Civil society organisations promoting children’s rights will be involved in their legislative work.

Further ideas raised by the candidates included: giving more attention to the rights of children in migration and Roma children; the issues of gender equality; support to single-parent households; child participation; pushing for a European Commissioner position on children and a children’s rights EP committee.

Organisations working within the Plataforma expressed their interest to follow-up with the candidates following their election and hold them to account on their commitments made at the event.

Spain has the second-most Child Rights Champions in the Vote for Children campaign at the time of writing this article. Find out the list of Child Rights Champions from Spain and the rest of the EU: www.childrightsmanifesto.eu

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