Proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee

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Series Details COM (2021) 137
Publication Date 24/03/2021
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Proposal tabled by the European Commission on 24 March 2021 for a Council Recommendation aimed at establishing a European Child Guarantee.

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This Guarantee aims to break the cycle of social exclusion and disadvantage and promote equal opportunities by guaranteeing access to a set of key services for children in need. It is recommended to EU Member States that effective access is provided, free of charge, to:

  • Early childhood education and care;
  • Education and school-based activities;
  • At least one healthy meal each school day;
  • Healthcare.

The Recommendation also suggests that Member States provide children in need with effective access to healthy nutrition and adequate housing.

This proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 24 March 2021, alongside the publication of a new EU strategy on the rights of the child.

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EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)62: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal
European Commission: Press Release, 24/03/2021: Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Comprehensive Strategy on the Rights of the Child and European Child Guarantee (24 March 2021)

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