Maintain, Strengthen, Expand – How the next EU budget can deliver better outcomes for children and families in Europe
As the EU sets the clock ticking on its next long-term budget, now is the time to also decide on the EU's priorities for investment beyond 2020. Matching financial resources to the priority areas can increase the EU's impact and catalyse reforms on national level.
At a critical for Europe’s future time, hundreds of thousands of children are still growing up in institutional care in Europe – unnecessary, outdated and harmful type of care that segregates children from society. Institutions can have long-lasting damaging consequences not only for the children themselves but also for families and society as a whole. The negotiations on post-2020 EU budget offer a unique chance for the EU to better address poverty, social exclusion, other social challenges and to end the era of institutional care.
On 20 March 2018, Europe’s civil society representing 300 organisations that work with and for children met key EU level stakeholders in Brussels to discuss how the EU can ensure better outcomes for children and their families through the post-2020 EU budget. Under the platform of the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign, they brought evidence from the ground on how EU funds have been used in the current funding period and provided recommendations how the EU can reinforce and expand its pivotal role towards transformation of child protection systems in Europe in the future.
- Read a report and recommendations, view photos and watch a video recording of the event – 20/03/2018, European Commission, Brussels
- Discover our latest publication “Maintain, Strengthen, Expand – How the EU can support the transition from institutional to family and community-based care in the next MFF”
- See reforms of child protection and welfare systems in action – discover current situation of child protection and care reforms in 16 European countries