The EU Alliance for Investing in Children is a a broad coalition established in the framework of a Joint Action agreed with the European Commission under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The EU Alliance works together at EU level to:
- Provide expert support on EU policy, legislation and funding on tackling child poverty and social exclusion.
- Promote child-centred, quality and comprehensive policies to tackle child poverty; and
- Promote well-being, by providing expert support in the development of EU and national policies, legislation and funding programmes, in line with the European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children - Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ and all horizontal principles included therein.
The EU Alliance is united by its commitment to a rights-based approach to tackling child poverty and promoting child well-being.
For EuroHealthNet, the early years of a child’s life are particularly important in determining not only future health, but also educational and lifelong success. Through the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, EuroHealthNet wants to work together with the European Institutions to tackle and prevent child poverty and social exclusion, which are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets.
Growing up in poverty can negatively affect children’s opportunities for the rest of their lives, with far-reaching consequences - for instance, on their future participation in the labour market and society. Acting early on child poverty and well-being is not only a moral imperative, it is cost-effective. Poverty denies children their human rights. It does not simply mean that children’s basic needs – such as food, clothes and housing – might not be met; it also means lack of equal access to affordable and quality services and care, and experiencing exclusion from activities with peers. With appropriate support, the current generation of children who are growing up in deprivation and exclusion will be enabled to reach their full potential, and contribute to a healthy society and the economy in the future.
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