Monday 16. December 2019

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This is the outcome of the debate:

 

Call on the new MEPs:

 

>> Set a specific sub-target for the reduction of child poverty by 50% within the Europe 2020 target for reducing poverty and social exclusion

 

 

Having regard to the facts

that 24% of the EU population (over 120 million people) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, which includes 27% of all children (more than 20 million children) in Europe. Child poverty continues to increase at a greater rate than poverty among other groups. The main groups of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion are children in lone-parent families, those in large families, as well as children in immigrant and ethnic minorities’ families. Children who grow up in poverty are less likely to reach their full potential, they run a higher risk of being unemployed and living in persistent poverty as adults.

 

Reflecting on Christian Social Thinking

which particularly calls for respect for the dignity of children and young people.  In respect of child poverty, the Pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All” (nr.16) states: “Today children are the largest single group among the poor. This tragic fact seriously threatens the (…) future”.

 

Taking into consideration the opinions of interested citizens

who in their contributions identified child and family poverty as one of the major social challenges of our time and expressed the need for measures specifically targeting this problem. They showed clear support for a more child- and family centered approach within EU-policies, especially within the Europe 2020 strategy.

 

Whereas

 

1. The European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion, one of the flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy, defines the reduction in the number of people affected by poverty and social exclusion by 20 million as a common European target to be achieved by 2020.

 

2. The Europe 2020 strategy however does not include a specific sub-target for child poverty. 

 

3. As children are a particularly vulnerable group when it comes to poverty, they deserve specific attention.

 

 

We call on the new MEPs 

 

1. to promote strengthening the ‘inclusive growth’ elements of the Europe 2020 Strategy, in particular the strategy’s flagship initiative ‘European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion’

 

2. to ensure that a sub-target for the reduction of child poverty by 50% is set within the overarching target for reducing poverty and social exclusion by 20 million by 2020.

 

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"Set a sub-target for child poverty within the Europe 2020 target for reducing poverty and social exclusion"

 

 

Targeted Institutions: European Commission, Council of the European Union 

 

Background: In Europe there are more than 20 million children at risk of poverty. This number is growing at a greater rate than amongst other groups. Children who grow up in poverty are less likely to reach their full potential, they run a higher risk of being unemployed and living in persistent poverty as adults. Therefore, they need particular attention.

 

Aim: Strengthen the ‘inclusive growth’ elements of the Europe 2020 Strategy, in particular the strategy’s flagship initiative ‘European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion’ by setting a sub-target for child poverty within its overarching target for reducing poverty and social exclusion by 20 million by 2020.

 

 

 

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