Croatia's Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Croatian Child Guarantee National Action Plan submitted on 16 August focuses on:
- addressing hidden costs of education and provide further financial support for vulnerable children;
- improving early childhood care services, especially in rural areas;
- providing meals at primary school for children in poverty and in social exclusion;
- improving health services at home and in local communities, especially in remote, rural and underdeveloped areas;
- ensuring housing allowance for care leavers and establishing a mentorship system.
Despite the deadline on 15 March, only 14 EU Member States have released their National Action Plan at the time of publishing of this overview. Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Croatia published on 16/08/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements and to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.