The COVID19 pandemic is foreseen to bring severe socio-economic challenges that will affect EU children and families across the EU.
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children launched a statement on 16 April to ask the EU institutions to prioritise children and families in their COVID19 response both in the short term and the long run.
Measures to support children and families in the short term:
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children strongly recommends the European Commission and EU Member States to provide emergency support to children and families in vulnerable situations by:
- Giving children, in particular all children from disadvantaged families and backgrounds particular attention in the design of immediate response measures to the COVID19 crisis.
- Directing national budgets and unspent EU financial resources from the 2014-2020 EU funding period to support children and families in vulnerable situations
Measures to support children and families’ wellbeing in the long term:
The EU Alliance calls for the EU institution to adopt:
- a comprehensive, social and sustainable Europe 2030 Strategy that will set a target to halve poverty and child poverty by 2030.
- a Council Recommendation on the Child Guarantee that has an integrated approach and includes access to financial resources, children’s access to services, and their participation
- an ambitious EU budget for the 2021-2027 EU funding period to support child poverty reduction and social inclusion.