EU leaders urged to tackle child poverty in EU recovery plan and budget

Date: 22nd July 2020
Category: Child poverty

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Eurochild implores EU leaders to put children’s best interests at the heart of their budgeting decisions by supporting the proposal that each Member State allocates at least 5% of the European Social Fund Plus to address child poverty, in line with a Council Recommendation on the Child Guarantee.

EU leaders met on the 17th and 18th July 2020 to discuss the EU Recovery Plan and the future long-term EU budget. The Plan intends to help repair the economic and social damage brought by COVID-19, kick-start European recovery, and protect and create jobs. Eurochild urges that the 2021-27 EU budget allocates at least 5% of the European Social Fund Plus to help to implement necessary reforms to ensure all children and families receive the services and support they need to thrive.

EU leaders have reached an agreement on a €750 billion coronavirus pandemic recovery fund.

  • Read more about the Child Guarantee here.
  • Read more about the EU Recovery Plan here.
  • Read more about the proposal from Eurochild and its rationale behind it here.
  • Read more about the agreement reached here.