Newly published reports recommend priority investment areas across key children’s rights issues

Date: 30th April 2019
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

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On 27 February, the European Commission released its 2019 Country Reports, which provide an analysis of economic and social policies in each EU Member State. This year, the European Semester is of particular importance because it details investment priorities that will shape the programming of structural funds in every country for the next EU Budget 2021-2027.

Eurochild has carried out an analysis of the country reports to assist their own and fellow members’ advocacy efforts at national and EU level. Examining all 27 Country Reports together demonstrates a strong awareness for the need for early investment to address larger societal challenges for children and families in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion. For instance, there has been a transition from institutional to family- and community-based care was recommended as an investment area in 20 of the 27 Country Reports. This was an issue championed in Eurochild’s Opening Doors campaign. Please note, there were 28 country reports in total however, due to Brexit negotiations, the UK report was not included in this research.  Read the full report here