The European Parliament has recently publicated the Study on the role of EU funding in fighting child poverty prepared by PPMI. In the EU, child poverty is increasingly understood as a context-specific, multidimensional phenomenon, encompassing not only a lack of money and assets but also other forms of deprivation. Based on desk research, interviews and six country cases (BG, CZ, DE, IE, PL, PT) we assessed how, and to what extent, Member States use EU funding to improve the situation of children at risk of poverty and social exclusion, in particular those living in severe material deprivation.
The study showed, that overall design of EU funds for the period 2014-2020 does not specifically address children living in poverty, and identified a list of particularly relevant challenges for post-2020 EU funding cycle, such as the lack of strategic objectives referring to children in EU Regulations and funding rules, the weak specific policy response in the European Semester which is then linked to the programming of the relevant EU funding, the lack of visibility of materially-deprived children and monitoring framework to measure the scope and outputs of investments targeting children.in national and regional EU-funded programmes.
Based on an analysis of the EC proposal for a Common Provisions Regulation (CPR) and a Regulation on European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), the study recommends a number of measures that may help to improve the focus on fighting child poverty in the 2021-2027 programming period.
For more information about the study, please contact senior researcher Alina Makarevičienė.