On 7 September 11 Members of the European Parliament have launched an initiative at the European Parliament to collect signatures to support a Written Declaration on investing in children (number 0042/2015). The Written Declaration calls upon the European Commission to introduce specific indicators on children at risk of poverty; it also urges EU Member States to use EU funding to implement the Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’. The EU Alliance for Investing in Children, bringing together over 20 European networks including EAPN,is urging European parliamentarians to show their support to ending the cycle of disadvantage by signing the Written Declaration, which requires the signatures of over half of all MEPs from 7 September – 7 December 2015 to be published in the minutes of the European Parliament and forwarded to relevant EU institutions.
Read the full written declaration here.
How does the written declaration work?
The written declaration on investing in children requires the signatures of over half of all MEPs from 7 September – 7 December 2015 to be published in the minutes of the European Parliament and forwarded to relevant EU institutions.
The written declaration on investing in children is supported by the following 11 MEPs:
Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Caterina Chinnici, Jean Lambert, Julie Ward, Gabriele Zimmer, Mairead Mcguinness, Jana Zitnanska, Filiz Hyusmenova, Vilija Blinkeviciute, Nathalie Griesbeck.
Are you an MEP and want to sign the declaration?
You can download the e-mail signature form here.
Why Investing In Children needs support of the European Parliament?
Read here the position paper accompanying the Written Declaration. For more facts & figures on child poverty see (and share!) our infographic.
Show your support on Twitter: #investinginchildren
The EU Alliance for Investing in Children brings together over 20 European networks including EAPN sharing a commitment to end child poverty and to promote child well-being across Europe. At a time when over a quarter of children in the EU face poverty and social exclusion, the added-value of this Alliance is to push for full implementation of the European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage”.
The Alliance partners believe the EU policy framework and funding opportunities can catalyse political commitment and policy reform within Member States, thereby improving the quality of life of children and young people in Europe.