The Written Declaration on Investing in Children has been a success

Date: 8th December 2015
Category: General principles, Child poverty

The written declaration on investing in children is a 300 word text with four specific demands that required 376 signatures by 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 already has 405 MEP signatures, which means it will be adopted and the demands on tackling child poverty and investing in children will be forwarded to the Commission and Council of the European Union.


More than 1 in four children live at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, totaling 26 million children. Children living in poverty are at higher risk of poor health, not finishing school, worsened relationships with peers and unable to reach their full potential in life.

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'.

You can follow the progress through Eurochild's #investinginchildren and its webpage dedicated to the Declaration here.