Children

Related Theme: Social Affairs

Children ​make up one fifth of the population of the EU and their welfare and well-being are of fundamental importance, whether in terms of their general situation, their quality of life, or investment in the future. A high-quality childhood backed by rights secures socio-economic development, enabling the EU to achieve its objectives in all areas.

Child poverty and deprivation prevent millions of children from getting the best start in life, and hinders their personal development. Very often, intervention at the early stages of a child’s life can have a positive impact on the rest of their life.

Protection and promotion of the rights of the child is one of the objectives of the European Union, enshrined in the Treaty. All policies and actions with an impact on children must be designed, implemented and monitored in line with the best interests of the child.

EESC on Children

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