Together and European partners share expectations for next European Commission

Date: 7th October 2019


The joint statement follows the recent proposal for the European Commission 2019-24. It highlights Commissioners’ portfolios which are particularly important for furthering children’s rights, welcomes the commitments made in the proposal and reiterates the challenges ahead.  

The signatory organisations, all Eurochild members, welcome that children are mentioned in several mission letters, although an EU Commissioner for Children has not been proposed – a role that Eurochild had been actively advocating for.

The portfolios of Vice-President Dubravka Šuica (Commissioner-designate for Democracy and Demography) and Nicolas Schmit (Commissioner-designate for Jobs) are highlighted as especially relevant for Eurochild’s priorities to end child poverty in Europe and to increase political recognition of children’s rights.

The statement welcomes President Von der Leyen’s commitment to work closely with the newly elected European Parliament to strengthen democracy and work towards a fair social market economy. It also outlines the challenges in protecting and promoting children’s rights across Europe and calls for the new Commission to commit to further actions during this 30th anniversary year of the UNCRC.