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Joint statement on the post-2020 MFF and child poverty

More than 20 organisations within the EU Alliance for Investing in Children and the Child Rights Action Group (CRAG) urge the EU institutions and its Member States to invest in children and develop a future Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) that works to end child poverty and promotes the social inclusion of all children in Europe.

The future of Europe depends on investing in children, in particular in children and families in vulnerable situations. The EU and its Member States need to act urgently to protect around 25 million children estimated to be living in or at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Growing up in poverty can negatively affect children’s opportunities for the rest of their lives, with far-reaching consequences – for instance, on their future education, health, participation in the labour market and society. Early interventions to address children at risk of social exclusion or poverty, investing in family and community support and early childhood education and care are not only a moral imperative, they are also cost-effective measures. The MFF is an important instrument for the EU and its Member States to leave no-one behind and to invest in children.

Read the joint statement