Eurochild is pleased to see that 2021-2027 funding regulations for the ESF+ have recognized both child poverty and the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care as a cross-cutting issue. We welcome the fact that the European Parliament took this commitment a step further by introducing the Child Guarantee scheme under which 5% of ESF+ (a dedicated budget of 5,9 billion euro) will be allocated to tackle child poverty and social exclusion across the EU.
Tackling child poverty and social exclusion
Progress on reducing child poverty across Europe remains extremely limited as a quarter of children in the EU face poverty and social exclusion. Poverty severely impacts children’s health and their ability to develop their talents and capabilities, to establish relationships, and to learn.
Together with over 20 European networks, The EU Alliance for Investing in Children, of which Eurochild is a partner, are committed to ending child poverty and promoting child well-being across Europe.
Their latest recommendations include:
1. Strengthen ESF+ provisions on reducing child poverty
2. Ensuring that ESF+ take a rights-based and comprehensive approach, including by supporting the implementation of the whole European Pillar of Social Rights
3. Dedicating 30% of the ESF+ to social inclusion and poverty reduction
4. Ensuring further alignment with the European Semester should not undermine social investment
5. Maintaining the enabling conditions during the negotiations
6. Further promoting the participation of stakeholders, including Civil Society Organisations
Read the full report here.
Eurochild’s recommendations offer suggestions on how EU spending can have maximum impact on Member States’ efforts to reduce child poverty, to break the cycle of disadvantage and ultimately to build more inclusive and prosperous societies
Opening Doors for Europe’s Children releases recommendations to the EU at a critical moment for the reform of child protection in Europe
More than 20 organisations within the EU Alliance for Investing in Children urge the EU institutions and its Member States to invest in children and develop a future MFF that works to end child poverty and promotes the social inclusion of all children in Europe
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) has prepared a position paper with specific recommendations to contribute to the current debate on the Multi-annual Financial Framework
Eurochild is among the 36 organisations that signed the joint statement calling on the EU to prioritise the rights of children in migration in the post-2020 budget period, in the spirit of the 2017 Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration, the European Commission toolkit on the use of EU funds for the integration of people with migrant background, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
More than 20 organisations within the EU Alliance for Investing in Children and the Child Rights Action Group (CRAG) urge the EU institutions and its Member States to invest in children and develop a future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that works to end child poverty and promotes the social inclusion of all children in Europe.
On 29 and 30 May 2018, the European Commission (EC) released its proposed financial regulations for the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (EU) on Regional Development and Cohesion Policy and the European Social Fund+ (ESF+) for the 2021-2027 Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). Read the reactions of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community- based Care (EEG).
This document produced by UNICEF aims to influence policymakers in the European Union to strengthen their commitment to assisting governments’ transition from institutional care to community-based care in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework (2021-2027). Eurochild provided extensive inputs and reviewed the messages contained in this document.
The European Commission's reflection paper sets out the basic features of the EU budget and charts the principal trends and developments in key policy areas
Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: A new, modern Multiannual Financial Framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020
Preparing the Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020.
Eurochild contributed to a consultation with civil society organisations organised by the European Economic and Social Committee on the issue of tackling poverty and social exclusion, in view of the upcoming Multi-Annual Financial Framework for post 2020. The introduction report from this consultation will be shared with the European Commission for consideration.
Eurochild contributed to a policy paper offering recommendations on how the post-2020 EU Multi-annual Financial Framework could foster more transnationality, social policy experimentation and social innovation. As part of the ESF thematic network on inclusion and partnership, Eurochild offered its policy expertise and guidance in the development of these recommendations, specifically on the European Social Fund.