EU Alliance for Investing in Children response to the Joint Declaration by the Council of the EPSCO Ministers “Overcoming poverty and social exclusion – mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on families – working together to develop prospects for strong child
On 11 2020 December, the Presidency Trio of Portugal, Slovenia and Germany published a Joint Declaration on overcoming child and family poverty and social exclusion. The document is co-signed by the Ministers of the EPSCO Council and represents a crucial step forward in combating child poverty
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children (EU Alliance) welcomes the commitment of the EPSCO Ministers, and the messages included in the Joint Declaration, which are fully aligned with the messages of the EU Alliance.
In particular, we welcome the acknowledgement of the dramatic impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children, the commitment expressed by Member States to urgently prioritise the fight against child poverty and the call for the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and holistic approach in tackling child poverty through the European Child Guarantee. Finally, we welcome the Ministers’ call for a strong social dimension in the Europe 2030 Strategy, which is demanded from the European Commission to be put forward.