EuroHealthNet and other members of the EU alliance for investing in children have urged 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 joint statement explains:
‘The future of Europe depends on investing in children, in particular in children and families in vulnerable situations. The EU and its Member States need to act urgently to protect around 25 million children estimated to be living in or at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
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 education, health, participation in the labour market and society. Acting early on child poverty and investing in early childhood education and care is not only a moral imperative, it is also a cost‐effective measure.’