Child poverty is a long-standing pan-European crisis. According to Eurostat data, from 2020 to 2021 over 200.000 more children in the EU were driven to the brink of poverty. This brought the total number of children at risk of poverty and social exclusion to over 19.6 million – or one in four. These figures will likely increase considering the compounding social emergencies witnessed in the last few years. While the situation varies from country to country, and some groups of children are even more exposed than others, the result is always the same; children’s rights are not respected, protected, or fulfilled.
EuroHealthNet along with the other signatories call upon the EU and national leaders to:
- Live up to political commitments.
- Capitalise on the Child Guarantee.
- Adequately fund national measures.
- Ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of the Child Guarantee.
- Ensure meaningful, continuous, safe, inclusive, and transparent participation processes with multi-sectoral stakeholders.
- Ensure a successful and integrated interplay between the Child Guarantee, national frameworks and strategies, and the EU social and equality agenda.
On the 27th of May, EU and national leaders will gather in Porto to discuss the role of social policies in shaping the European project. With this statement, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children aims to stress that eradicating child poverty is an indispensable stepping stone in constructing a just and equal Social Europe for current and future generations.
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children (Alliance) brings together over 30 European networks representing millions of children, families, professionals, and volunteers sharing a commitment to end child poverty and to promote child well-being across Europe.