Why this Seminar? Why now?
In crisis Europe, poverty and child poverty is rising. In Europe alone, there are 27 million of children at risk of poverty. The consequences of austerity measures on vulnerable families and their children are very negative and, in certain cases, of extreme gravity.
To Caritas Europa, the mere existence of child poverty in the EU in 2012 is a badge of shame for Europe and cannot be tolerated any longer.
The official figures talk about 27% of all children in the EU affected by child poverty and social exclusion. In some member states the child poverty level reaches 33%
Many decision-makers are very much aware of the figures, the statistics and graphs. We are familiar with them too. And we also know many of the children and their families behind these statistics. Thanks to the thousands of Caritas staff and volunteers who work with them via our social services, we are provided with first hand information about their living conditions and how austerity measures have aggravated them.
Caritas organisations in Europe have put child poverty in the centre of their anti-poverty actions. Since the start of its European campaign Zero Poverty (1) Caritas Europa has been periodically producing materials on child poverty. In 2011 we presented the "Child Poverty: State of Play in Europe 2011" (2). A second report, named "Child Poverty: Good Practices from Caritas Projects in Europe" (3) will be launched during the seminar on 19 June.
Thus, Caritas Europa warmly welcome the decision of the European Commission to issue a Recommendation on Child Poverty by the end of this year.
In order to provide the Commission and other stakeholders with high qualitative information about understanding and effectively tackling child poverty, Caritas Europa is organising the seminar "Tackling Child Poverty - Good Practice Shaping Policy" on 19 June. It will gather child poverty experts from across Europe whose valuable inputs could contribute to achieving a child poverty-free Europe.
Good Practices in Tackling Child Poverty
"What does civil society believe the EU must do to effectively tackle child poverty?"
Panel composed by:Dr Rosemary Keenan , Robert Urbé (Caritas Luxembourg), Sian Jones (EAPN), Catherine Mallet (Eurodiaconia), Jana Hainsworth (Eurochild), Verena Knaus (UNICEF).
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The event will take place on Tuesday 19 June 2012 from 9:30 to 13:00 at Trèves Building, 74, rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels
Contact Déirdre de Búrca (email@example.com), Caritas Europa Social Policy Officer for any further information.
Please be aware that you need to present your Identity Card / Passport to be allowed to enter the venue.
This event is kindly hosted by
This event is financed by the INCLUSION II Project under the PROGRESS Programme.
PROGRESS (2007-2013) is the EU programme for Employment and Social Solidarity, set up to provide financial support for contributing to the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy. For more information see: http://ec.europa.eu/progress