What could the European Pillar of Social Rights mean to children?
On 8th March 2016 the European Commission released a preliminary outline of a European Pillar of Social Rights to identify and promote common principles in the euro area in the field of employment and social policies. This initiative should guide policies and lead reforms at national level in a time where 27 million children in the EU are at risk of poverty, over one million are in institutionalised care and one quarter of the 363,890 refugee children arrived in Europe in 2015 are unaccompanied.
The proposals include a wide range of issues organised in three main themes:
1. Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
2. Fair working conditions
3. Adequate and sustainable social protection
As we reflect on the multiple barriers which growing numbers of children and young people are facing in accessing their rights, Eurochild welcomes this initiative as an opportunity to strengthen social protection systems and services in order to progress implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Eurochild has produced a briefing paper analysing the new initiative and raising relevant questions on its potential to implement the Recommendations on Investing in Children, a policy guidance document produced by the European Commission in 2013. This briefing paper will offer food for thought to discussions over the period of consultation.
The public consultation will be open until the end of 2016.
We invite you to read our briefing paper and take part in the consultation.
The responses will be published in a White Paper in 2017.
-Click here to watch the video ''European Pillar of Social Rights – Why is it important to you and your organisation? Interview with Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General, Eurochild''.