26 Mar 21 | News

Child Guarantee in Europe: A research coordinated by LISER informs a Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation

The research analyses in detail the design, governance, costs, benefits and implementation options of this important EU initiative

In 2015, the European Parliament called on the European Commission and EU Member States to introduce a Child Guarantee in order to ensure that every child in poverty in Europe has access to five key social rights: free healthcare, education and childcare (ECEC), as well as decent housing and adequate nutrition.

To explore the potential scope of such a guarantee and with a view to informing its proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee that was issued on 24 March, the Commission commissioned two studies whose scientific coordination was the responsibility of two researchers at LISER: Anne-Catherine Guio and Eric Marlier.

The first study, a feasibility study carried out between September 2018 and March 2020, made concrete suggestions for improving policies and programmes at EU and (sub-)national levels. It focuses on access to the above social rights by four groups of children: children with disabilities, children in alternative care, children with a migrant background (incl. refugee children) and children living in precarious family situations.

The second study, published on 23 March 2021, complements the first one by providing a thorough economic analysis of the design, governance, costs, benefits and implementation options of a European Child Guarantee in the 27 EU Member States. The figure below shows the potential benefits of some priority actions suggested by the study.

Chart: Key benefits of key priority actions

Source: Guio, A-C., Frazer, H. and Marlier, E. (eds) (2021). “Study on the economic implementing framework of a possible EU Child Guarantee scheme including its financial foundation”, Second phase of the Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee (FSCG2): Final Report, Brussels: European Commission.