Next-gen: Next Generation EU funds and the push to shape children's futures
As the European Commission (EC) approves the first national recovery plans submitted by Member States to access the Next Generation EU Funds, at the European Social Network (ESN) we have been spearheading an initial assessment of the plans with local and regional public social services to seek their views on national reforms supporting the next generation of children and youth.
Promoting Long-Term Care Quality Assurance Policies at EU level
How can we ensure and measure progress in achieving the right to affordable long-term care (LTC) services of good quality, as stipulated by the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR)? This question is currently being discussed at the Social Protection Committee (SPC) - a forum of exchange for EU member states to improve access to Social Protection across the Union.
The achievements of social services in this exceptional year are evidence of the extraordinary commitment of those in the sector to improving the quality of life of disadvantaged people. Do you want to see your great effort rewarded? Read more.
The European Child Guarantee: One step closer to equal opportunity for all children
Right now, nearly 18 million children are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Europe. The Covid-19 crisis is expected to have greatly exacerbated these inequalities. However, public social services have now gained a commitment to action from all 27 EU member states to break the cycle of disadvantage for vulnerable children.