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Children's Rights: Political will or won't? - Eurochild 2023 report on children in need across Europe


20 Nov 2023


Development Policy


Brussels, 20 November 2023 – On World Children’s Day, Eurochild publishes a new report ‘Children's Rights: Political will or won't?’ which compiles information gathered from 38 Eurochild members in 26 countries across Europe and provides an overview of the current situation of children in these countries. The report aims to identify good and promising practices, working solutions, and country-specific recommendations for EU decision-makers and national governments to draw from when addressing children’s needs.

Through structured individual country profiles, the report focuses on the extent to which children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled across Europe by providing timely and relevant information collected from members working at national level. The report also presents experiences of poverty and social exclusion of children, families and communities. For EU Member States, the European Semester and alignment with children’s needs to the European Child Guarantee National Action Plans are addressed. As for Countries in Accession, insights into children’s rights are provided.

“Looking at the most recent data on child poverty, it is positive that some countries across Europe are reducing the numbers of children living in poverty and social exclusion. However, for some others, numbers are still increasing. There is a clear need for policies and programmes to do much more to ensure children develop to their full potential. Eurochild members can be a key partner to ensure children's rights are protected, respected and fulfilled across Europe” - H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Eurochild President.

The coming year offers an important window of opportunity to tackle inequalities in childhood. Eurochild report highlights the future priorities that EU decision-makers and national governments can pursue to address the needs of the most vulnerable children.

Read the full report



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