Wednesday October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Eurochild used this day to bring light to the fact that 25 million children face poverty and social exclusion in the European Union.
Eurochild created a map to represent where children are most at risk in the European Union and created recommendations for each of those states to confront the issue of child poverty. The report is an analysis of the European Semester, the European Union’s yearly economic, social, and employment policy framework, which is another tool to offer country recommendations on child poverty. The Eurochild report offers alternatives to the recommendations in this EU report.
One of the overall recommendations by the Eurochild report is to “put social goals on par with the economy and employment.” Eurochild indicates this can be done by using Eurostat results more effectively. A method for doing so could be to monitor the social trends between countries on the issues of child poverty, early school leaving, and childcare enrollment. This existing data can be better analyzed and improved with more indicators in order to create more effective policy solutions for these issues.
The second recommendation is to “make children an explicit and priority focus of the Semester.” Good economic policies and budgets are essential to meeting the learning and development needs of children. A recommendation by the European Commission to Ireland to provide affordable and quality childcare must be backed up by a strong economic plan, otherwise it may not be possible.
The third overall recommendation by Eurochild is to “make the Semester process more transparent and inclusive.” They recognize that a national strategy for child participation would offer policymakers the opportunity to directly hear from the children affected.