Eurochild takes part in the European Commission’s consultation on reviewing the European Neighbourhood Policy
Eurochild response welcomes the inclusion of youth as a focus area in the framework for sector cooperation and the intended increased engagement with young people. However, considering that child poverty and child protection are key social issues in the region, and considering that, for example in Moldova and Ukraine, the European neighbourhood instrument has proved to be a potentially useful tool in dealing with important violations of children’s rights, such as institutionalisation, investment in children in the form of resources, access to services and participation is urgently warranted to ensure the opportunities and engagement of future generations in the European neighbourhood.
However, more than financial investment is required. The EU’s political investment in promotion of the rights of the child as an integral part of its neighborhood policy is crucial. That is why Eurochild called for a broad focus on investing in children, integrated child protection and overall promotion of the rights of the child. We also urged the EU to fully support civil society as a driving force for democratic transformation and European integration.
Consultation on the European Neighbourhood Policy available here.