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Position Paper on the fight against and the Prevention of Child Poverty

Cover Position Papier on the Fight against and the Prevention of Child Poverty in the EU

This Position Paper is a result of the European experts’ meeting "Children need a future – for a Europe without poverty" (Berlin, 14.11.2008) and the international symposium "Child poverty – a European challenge" (Berlin, 30.08.- 01.09.2009), both organised by Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Familienorganisationen (AGF) e.V.

 

Introduction
In October 2008 the heads of states and the governments of the EU member states and the Parliament of the European Union agreed upon the proclamation of the year 2010 to be the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
The goals of the European Year are the recognition of the basic right of those affected by poverty to a life in dignity and to their comprehensive participation in all aspects of the society, greater awareness of the problem of poverty and of political measures as well as the development of the political commitment of the European Union and its member states to abolishing poverty and social exclusion.
In the European Union there are currently about 78 million people living along or below the poverty threshold, and among them there are about 19 million children. The European Union has clearly announced its commitment to the protection of the basic social rights and to the fight against social exclusion by means of the Amsterdam Treaty already.
In the course of several meetings of the European Council of the European Union it has confirmed and stated this demand explicitly. The position paper is meant to pick up this political thread. Against the background of the oncoming European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion the position paper aims to clarify which fields are of particular importance for the fight against child poverty in Europe and which political measures need to be taken.

 

Content

Introduction 1
A. Political Challenges 1
Education 2
Labour Market 2
Social Security 3
System of taxes and levies 3
Transparent Reporting and improvement of data records 4
B. Adequate political responses 4
Education 5
Participation 5
Labour Market 6
Social Security 6
System of taxes and levies 6
C. Possible Solutions at a European Level 7
Improvment of data records 7
Reporting with publicity effect 7
More serious consideration of children's rights 8
Promotion of european communication 8
Concrete objectives 8
Involving non-governmental organisations and strenghtening them 9
D. Support of the memeber states by the European Union 9
Public funding programmes 9
Variety of necessary measuresVielfalt notwendiger Maßnahmen 10
Detailed Strategies 10