The European Parliament wants to end child poverty: 428 MEPs sign a Written Declaration for Investing in Children

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On the 23rd of February, MEPs Anna Maria Corazza Bildt and Caterina Chinnici hosted a seminar on the topic of the success that the Written Declaration of the European Parliament on Investing in Children has reached: it gathered 428 signatures from MEPs, becoming the most signed declaration since 2011.

The written declaration on investing in children was initially supported by the following 11 MEPs, members of the Intergroup on Child Rights: Antonio Lopez-Isturiz White, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Caterina Chinnici, Jean Lambert, Julie Ward, Gabriele Zimmer, Mairead Mcguinness, Jana Zitnanska, Filiz Hyusmenova, Vilija Blinkeviciute, Nathalie Griesbeck. The initiative of having such a declaration supported by the European Parliament (EP) belongs to Eurochild who has elaborated and promoted a parliamentarian campaign for gathering the signatures of MEPs, together with the Alliance for Investing in Children, who brings together European networks which share a commitment to end child poverty.

The EP’s Written Declaration on Investing in Children emphasises that “macroeconomic policies need to protect children and their families as a political priority and buffer them from deficit reduction measures.” and calls upon the European Commission (1) “to consider including a specific and binding indicator on the number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union.” And to (2) “draw up a roadmap and adopt child well – being indicators, in line with the EC Recommendation ‘Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage ’”. The Declaration is asking from the Members States tointroduce specific national (sub-) targets for reducing child poverty and social exclusion, with a view to contributing to the Europe 2020 poverty reduction target.” and it calls upon the Councilto urge the Member States to use EU funding and all other available instruments to implement the Recommendation.” Here you can find the full text of the Written Declaration.

The declaration, together with the names of the signatories, will be forwarded to the Council and the Commission and will expect means and ways of implementation.