On June 27th, experts from different European countries discussed possibilities on meeting the subsistence minimum of a child. The meeting was hosted by our German member AGF in Berlin. Examples from Austria, Belgium, Great Britain and France served as basis for the discussions.
In nearly all European countries the question needs to be answered how a subsistence minimum for children and families can be secured by the social system. The different countries tackle this challenge in different ways and to different degrees of success. This is an important topic for families and family politics, particularly because the definition and the system of a subsistence minimum for children and families have a major impact on other social standards as well (in social, fiscal and maintenance law). Myriam Bobbio from UNAF in France (also COFACE Families Europe member) tackled the question of how much children and their families would need for a decent life.