Urban Poverty Public feedback invited

The Urban Agenda for the EU initiative has set up multi-sectoral partnerships to develop actions that shall be implemented in the following 3 years and will lead to active inclusion of the poor and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods.

Most EU citizens live in cities that are hubs of opportunity but also places where socio-economic challenges such as poverty are more concentrated and affect more people. Nearly a quarter of the EU population, 120 million people, are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2014. 27% of these people are actually children.

The majority of EU policies have a direct impact on urban areas and cities so there is a clear need to consider the urban dimension in policy making at all levels of governance. This can be achieved by better involving cities in the design and implementation of new policies. The Urban Agenda for the EU initiative has set up multi-sectoral partnerships to develop actions that shall be implemented in the following 3 years and will lead to active inclusion of the poor and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods.

One of the key areas for the partnership is the fight against child poverty. Eurochild is therefore engaged in this Partnership on the Urban Agenda for the EU. 

Amonst others, the actions specifically related to child poverty are: 

Action 3: Further development of EU-SILC to incorporate comprehensive and specific indicators related to child poverty at the local level and to harmonise data collection on homelessness

Action 5: Adoption of a European Child Guarantee

Action 6: Progress towards a directive on investing in children based on the Recommendation Investing in Children: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage

The initiative is now inviting public feedback.

 

The Partnership on Urban Poverty brings together Member States: France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Greece; Cities: Lille (FR), Kortrijk (BE), Birmingham (UK), Łódź (PL), Timisoara (RO), Daugavpils (LV), Keratsini (GR); Regions: Brussels-Capital Region (BE) and Ile-de-France (FR)

European Commission: DG REGIO and DG EMPL and Organisations: full members: URBACT, EUKN, EAPN; observers: Eurochild, FEANTSA and UN Habitat.

 

The four priority areas of the partnership are:
  • The fight against child poverty
  • Regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods
  • Ending homelessness
  • The vulnerability of Roma

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