According to the ‘First National Report on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction’ in the Republic of Serbia from March 2011, the existence of a child protection system based on institutionalization significantly increases the risk of poverty.
Nonetheless, Serbia does not allocate sufficient funds to support social inclusion for vulnerable children. The Network of Organisations for Children of Serbia (MODS) emphasizes that the poverty reduction and social exclusion should be therefore a priority for international assistance in. Considering that Serbia is an EU candidate country, social inclusion and poverty reduction should become a mandatory component in the EU negotiations.
MODS shows that the EU Council Conclusions urged Serbia to focus “on increasing investments in child and family support, notably by making full use of financial opportunities offered by the EU, and recognizing the long-term nature of such investments.” Also, the EU Council invited the European Commission “to take action to further develop synergies between social inclusion and other policy areas (such as education, employment and gender equality, health, housing and living environment) and with other instruments (such as EU funding programmes), in order to better address child poverty and social exclusion, endorsing a holistic approach and making the well-being of children a priority.”