The Child Guarantee, Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage. Addressing Child Poverty in EU

High Level Event [Online] - 12 November 2020, 9:00-10:30 CET

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31 May 2021

In collaboration with the European Commission and Ministers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and Germany, UNICEF’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office organized an online event which took place on 12 November to launch Phase III of the Preparatory Action for a Child Guarantee.

The overall goal of the launch event was to share insights and approaches to shape how the Child Guarantee can be translated systematically into concrete and sustainable results for children across the European Union. It also highlighted how countries analyse the situation of the children and families and strategize on effective approaches for addressing child poverty and social exclusion. The discussion aimed to provide an opportunity to learn from best practices, models and services across Member States to combat child poverty and social exclusion.

The Panel discussion consisted of high-level speakers from the 7 participating countries and will be chaired by Mr. Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights; and Ms. Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and Special Coordinator for the Refuge and Migrant Response in Europe.

The specific objectives of the event were to :

1. Discuss the framework for Phase III of the project.

2. Secure high-level political commitment from participating countries for the Child Guarantee rollout across the European Union.

3. Identify and share models and services which present the most compelling evidence that investing in the poorest children is the most effective way of breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage across Europe.

4. Provide insights into how the participating countries are integrating these approaches into their national strategies and action plans – and how the process of national integration can inform the roll out of the Child Guarantee across the European Union.

The online event brought together participants from relevant UNICEF country level implementation teams, and Representatives of key line Ministries in seven participating countries as well as senior representatives of the European Commission – Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion (DG EMPL) and UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The intention was to strengthen collaboration between these partners in the testing phase to ensure the identification of the most promising approaches, models and services for addressing child poverty and social exclusion that be scaled up translated more systematically across the European Union.