Poverty and social exclusion during childhood remain challenges across many Member States. Both can have a significant impact on opportunities later in life, ranging from material deprivation to unemployment as an adult.
According to the latest available Eurostat data (2017), almost 24 million children under 18 are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the 28 EU Member States (i.e. 24.9 % of the overall child population). The fight against poverty and social exclusion is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, which set a target of lifting at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty or social exclusion by 2020 from 2008.
The audit will examine the effectiveness of the Commission’s support to Member States in reducing child poverty by analysing three policy instruments, namely, the Recommendation on “Investing in Children” (2013/112/EU), as well as, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the European Semester.
The audit will also examine whether the Commission’s actions are contributing to Member States’ efforts to tackle child poverty through the use of EU funding. The current EU funding opportunities available in this area come mainly from the European Social Fund (ESF).
The issue of child poverty is currently high on the political agenda following the European Parliament’s proposal for a Child Guarantee in 2021-2027. This audit’s conclusions and recommendations could provide valuable insight into how best to use EU funding as part of the future policy responses to combat child poverty and on the adequacy of current EU policy responses.
If you wish to contact the audit team, you may do so at the following email address: ECAemail@example.com.