European Commission Recommendation Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage calls for a children’s rights approach and integrated strategies based on three pillars:
- access to adequate resources –including supporting parents’ participation in the labour market and providing for adequate living standards through a combination of benefits;
- access to affordable quality services - including investing in early childhood education and care; and the education system; improving the responsiveness of health systems to address the needs of disadvantaged children; providing children with a safe, adequate housing and living
- environment; enhancing family support and the quality of alternative care settings;
- • children’s right to participate –including the participation of all children in play, recreation, sport and cultural activities and in decision-making that affect their lives
EUROPE 2020 STRATEGY defines 5 objectives with headline targets to be attained by 2020:
1. Employment: raise the employment rate to 75% for the population aged 20-64.
2. Innovation: raise investment levels in the R&D sector to 3% GDP.
3. Environment: reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels; increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 20%; and move towards a 20% increase in energy efficiency.
4. Education: reduce school drop-out rates to less than 10% and increase the share of 30-34 years old having completed tertiary or equivalent education to at least 40%.
5. Promoting social inclusion: in particular through the reduction of poverty, by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion. In defining how they will contribute to achieve this target member states can choose to use three different indicators, combined or in isolation, taking into account their national circumstances and priorities: at-risk-of poverty, material deprivation, and jobless households.
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