EU Alliance for Investing in Children calls on Ministers to tackle child poverty

Category: Basic Health and Welfare

10th March 2014

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children has published a press release emphasising that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets.

There are 26.5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk.

On the occasion of the EPSCO (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council) Council Meeting on 10th March 2014, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children published a press release emphasising that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets.

The Alliance called on Member States' Ministers to:

  • Give priority and urgency to the implementation of the EC Recommendation Investing in Children when adopting conclusions on the European Semester 2014 and on the AGS 2014;
  • Include the indicator of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the scoreboard of social and employment indicators; and urge the scoreboard to become binding in order to deepen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union.

Read the press release here.

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