How can post-2020 EU budget fight child poverty?

If Member States and EU institutions want to fulfil their “commitment to work towards a social Europe” as declared in the joint Proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, Member States need to start by reducing poverty and investing in children and families in vulnerable situations.

Poverty severely impact children’s health and their ability to develop their talents and capabilities, to establish relationships, and to learn. Poverty is carried on from one generation to another and severely undermines social cohesion and participation in society.

Progress on reducing child poverty across Europe remains extremely limited. On average, 1/4 children in EU Member States are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The Commission’s proposals for the regulations on the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and the Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) provide some positive elements, but more can be done to strengthen the support EU funds can provide for children in vulnerable situations.

The following provides the recommendations of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children to improve the proposals:

  1. Strengthen ESF+ provisions on reducing child poverty
  2. The ESF+ should take a rights-based and comprehensive approach, including by supporting the implementation of the whole European Pillar of Social Rights
  3. 30% of the ESF+ should primarily aim to enhance access to affordable, sustainable, high-quality services; combat discrimination; and promote the social inclusion of all children –including children without parental care– and families experiencing poverty and social exclusion and of migrants and marginalised communities, including the Roma
  4. Further alignment with the European Semester should not undermine social investment
  5. Maintaining the enabling conditions during the negotiations
  6. Further promoting the participation of stakeholders, including civil society organizations

Read in details of the recommendations of the Alliance : How can the EU’s post-2020 budget fight child poverty and social exclusion? (PDF, 174 KB)


Dynamo International – Street Workers Network is a member of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children along with:

  • Eurochild
  • Alliance for Childhood
  • ATD Quart Monde
  • Caritas – Europa
  • COFACE – Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union
  • Don Bosco International
  • EAPN – European Anti-Poverty Network
  • EASPD – European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities
  • ELIANT Network
  • ENSA – European Network of Social Authorities
  • EPHA – European Public Health Alliance
  • ESN – European Social Network
  • Eurodiaconia
  • EuroHealthNet
  • European Child Safety Alliance
  • European Parents Association
  • FEANTSA – European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless
  • International Step by Step Association
  • Mental Health Europe
  • PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants
  • Save the Children EU Office
  • SOS Children’s Villages International
  • UNICEF EU Office
How can post-2020 EU budget fight child poverty?