Children ignored in vast majority of National Recovery and Resilience Plans

Date: 28th May 2021
Category: Budgeting

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Eurochild has urged EU officials to assess plans to spend special EU recovery funds through a child rights lens. This follows recent analysis by 22 children’s rights organisations and individuals, only four of whom were consulted during the development of these plans by governments.

Eurochild looked at plans from 16 countries, namely: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

The lack of involvement of children’s rights organisations and individuals in the development of these plans, raise concerns that children’s rights are not being taken into consideration. Where children’s organisations were included, Eurochild members said targets and measures on children’s issues were often too generic and insufficient, with many plans not proposing new elements to tackle the impact COVID-19 continues to have on children’s rights. Instead, governments only mentioned using pre-existing instruments, during these unprecedented times.