Investing in children makes sense – morally, economically, socially and politically. It is key to overcoming social, economic and health inequalities, and to reaching the Europe 2020 anti-poverty headline target by contributing to present and future social and economic development.

Early disadvantage can have profound effects across the life course, affecting health, education outcomes, and participation in the labour market and in society. Investing in children through a preventive approach is not only a moral imperative, it is a cost-effective way of ensuring a more sustainable future.

On the basis of previous advocacy documents and the exchange of views on 31/01/2017, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children would like to make the following suggestions for the preparation of the European Commission’s staff working document taking stock of the implementation of the Commission Recommendation on ‘Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ (2013/112/EU).

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