Child poverty Prone to increase in EU amid virus pandemic

By EU data, nearly 23 million individuals under 18 — roughly one in four kids — are in danger of poverty or social exclusion at the 27-nation bloc.

In a report released Tuesday, the European Court of Auditors said member nations must desperately organize their efforts in the face of COVID-19 since the euro area unemployment rate is anticipated to grow from 7.5 percent in 2019 to approximately 9.5 percent annually, with catastrophic impacts on people’s livelihoods.

“With no sustained and concentrated action, the present unacceptable amount is not likely to decrease. It’s growing more crucial due to the anticipated impact of this outbreak,” he explained.

EU auditors were alerted nicely until the pandemic struck. Their audit was finished before the outbreak, also demonstrated that a worldwide shortage of commitment to tackling the matter.

They noticed that EU leaders have failed to deliver on their promise to bring a minimum of 20 million people out of poverty at the end of 2020, compared to 2008. Based on Eurostat indicators, just 7.15 million people were raised from poverty by 2018.

“EU legislation doesn’t target financing directly at fighting child poverty. The Commission and the Member States visited couldn’t measure the number of funds allocated to jobs directly tackling child poverty and so couldn’t evaluate their efficacy,” they wrote in their accounts.

Noting the limited role the EU commission could perform fighting poverty is the duty of member countries — auditors nevertheless suggested the union’s executive arm defines obvious goals and advice in support of member countries as part of its following action strategy to be unveiled next year.

Responding to the analysis, the EU commission said it requires”the struggle against poverty badly,” and remembered its proposal this season which member nations allocate 5 percent of a greater than 100-billion euros societal fund to fight child poverty.