Capacity building on children’s rights in the European Parliament

Eurochild contributed to a training session of the Fundamental Rights Agency and the Intergroup on Children’s Rights, targeting MEPs and their staff.

On 7 June, the European Parliament’s Intergroup on children’s rights in cooperation with the Fundamental Rights Agency, organised a one-day training on key issues concerning children’s rights.

The training aimed at building the capacity of MEPs and their staff to advocate for children’s rights and include a child rights perspective in their day-to-day work in the Parliament. The sessions focused on several topics: from children in the context of migration to juvenile justice, and vulnerable groups of children and young people.

Eurochild was invited to present on the situation of children living in poverty in the EU, particularly providing an overview of the key legislative and policy instruments at EU level, such as the 2013 European Commission Recommendation on ‘Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’, as well as current and upcoming opportunities to advocate for more child-centred social investment, as the newly published European Pillar of Social Rights package.

Eurochild’s input stressed that tackling child poverty requires thinking beyond silos, investing in holistic and integrated approaches, and ensuring that children are involved in decision making as active agents of change. While addressing child poverty falls within the competences of Member States, the EU plays a key role in providing guidance and putting pressure on national authorities to tackle child poverty and promote child well-being.

Eurochild commends the training event organised by the European Parliament’s intergroup on children’s rights and the Fundamental Rights Agency and believes opportunities like this contribute to increasing political will and fostering meaningful policy reform at all levels, EU and national.

Learn more about the intergroup here.