Together with 10 colleagues from the parliamentary intergroup on children's rights and in partnership with civil society organisations, Julie promoted a parliamentary declaration calling for a greater investment in children. To be adopted, the declaration needed endorsement from a majority of the Members of the European Parliament, which it has received after months of awareness raising and promotion.
The Declaration is designed to raise political awareness towards the European Commission and the Member States and calls for social and macroeconomic policies to protect children and their families as a political priority, especially those living in poverty.
More than one child in four is at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union. Poverty experienced during childhood often has life-long consequences and is then passed from one generation to the next.
Among others, the Written Declaration calls on the European Commission to introduce specific indicators on children at risk of poverty; and urges EU Member States to use EU funding to implement the Commission Recommendation Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage. This will be relevant also in light of the new Sustainable Development Goals, urging all Member States to reduce at least by half the proportion of children living in poverty by 2030.
Commitment of the European Parliament to end child poverty and break the cycle of disadvantage is at its peak this year. The recent resolution on reducing inequalities with a special focus on child poverty and this Written Declaration shows MEPs are loyal to their constituents in promoting issues that concern 28% of the EU’s child population: poverty and social exclusion.
"This initiative was of particular importance for me as a children right's champion and co-founder of the parliamentary intergroup on the same issue.
Child poverty in my constituency and in the UK also remains a problem and the Tories continue to be bent on maintaining a situation where poverty needlessly affects young people. Labour MEPs have always championed a better quality of life, especially for the most vulnerable in society." said Julie.