This Synthesis Report examines the extent to which 35 European countries have strengthened or further developed their policies/approaches and programmes for children since 2013 in ways that are consistent with the EU Recommendation on Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage. The overall finding of the analysis is that the modest progress made in the direction outlined in the Recommendation is insufficient to the scale of the problem in many countries.
It is clear from the findings of the report that if the 2013 Recommendation is to have the desired impact on reducing child poverty and social exclusion and improving child well-being, that a significant intensification of effort will be required. Thus a series of overall recommendations are made for strengthening the implementation and linking it to the European Pillar on Social Rights. There are also recommendations for each country.
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