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24-03-2017

10 reasons why the EU has been good for children

Whatever decisions the EU makes about its future at the Rome summit and beyond, it should recognise the improvements to the lives of children as one if its great achievements and make this a foundation for future action, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Health 13-09-2016

Is it time to extend maternity leave across Europe?

The rights of pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace need to be protected in a way that ensures the health of the both mother and child, while not damaging the woman’s career prospects or harming business, write Lucy Strang and Miriam Broeks.

ECJ decision triggers crisis of social protection system in UK

The EU has spent years building a safety net for the most vulnerable children in society, but the UK’s decision to cut child benefits may not save any money, but could lead the whole system to unravel, writes Jana Hainsworth.

Development Policy 23-05-2016

The EU at World Humanitarian Summit: What’s in it for children?

There are currently 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, writes Justin Byworth.

Development Policy 25-04-2016

What can the EU do at the World Humanitarian Summit for children?

The World Humanitarian Summit takes places in Istanbul on 23-24 May. With the EU as one of the world's largest humanitarian donors, it can be a real 'game-changer', writes Marco Nardin.

Europe of tomorrow will inherit the children of today

On Universal Children's Day, Jana Hainsworth argues that EU policy must keep children at its heart, from ending child poverty in the EU to dealing with the migrant crisis.  

Development Policy 28-08-2015

Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Illiteracy is “a worldwide crisis” that will cost the global economy $1.2tn (£760bn) this year, the World Literacy Foundation (WLF) has warned. More than 796 million people are either completely illiterate, meaning they can’t read or write, or functionally illiterate, meaning they can’t perform basic tasks such as reading a medicine label, the WLF said in a report released on Monday (pdf).

Development Policy 03-07-2015

What world leaders can do in September to improve the lives of the poorest

When world leaders meet in September to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will make a strong case that health goals should be a top priority, writes Bill Gates.

Global Europe 10-12-2014

Malala to world leaders: ‘Do better’ in 2015

2015 must be the year the world wakes up and delivers a safer, more just future for children and young people, writes Malala Yousafzai in a letter to world leaders.

The Christian Social Union "may have been mistaken" about the extra social burden caused by poverty migration, says MEP Birgit Sippel. [blu-news.org/Flickr]

German government introduces new measures tackling ‘poverty migration’

The German government tabled a final report on Wednesday (27 August) addressing "legal issues and challenges” related to social benefits claims by EU immigrants, with Bavarian conservatives welcoming the “correct approach” and Social Democrats shaking their heads at the new measure. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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Development Policy 25-07-2014

Child marriage

Although child marriage is prohibited by international law, over 700 million underage girls are married worldwide, particularly in Africa and Asia.

Ending child institutionalisation in Europe

The EU has spent hundreds of millions of euros aimed at improving the lives of children in programmes that ended up locking them up in dysfunctional state institutions, writes Georgette Mulheir.

Health 31-01-2014

EU merges milk and fruit school scheme to combat child obesity

To promote healthier lifestyles and combat obesity among school children, the European Commission has proposed to bring two separate EU schemes on milk and fruit together under a joint framework.

Health 10-12-2013

Doctors say thousands of Greek children unvaccinated

Greece is very close to 'tearing down the vaccination barrier', according to the humanitarian group Doctors of the World.

Defeating online porn and bullying through education

Education is essential to confront online pornography and the cyberbullying of children, says Agnes Uhereczky.

Digital 17-06-2013

Why Europe needs an EU Anti-Bullying Day

We need an EU Anti-Bullying Day to become a symbolic milestone in our efforts and to remind to all Europeans that bullying and cyberbullying is a problem with no borders, no specific technological or platform connection, no easy solutions, write MEPs Phil Prendergast and Seán Kelly.

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Health 12-06-2013

Parliament wants stricter rules on food for vulnerable groups

The European Parliament yesterday (11 June) adopted new rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes. These will in the future be better defined in order to protect consumers.

Health 12-06-2013

Parliament wants stricter rules on food for vulnerable groups

The European Parliament yesterday (11 June) adopted new rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes. These will in the future be better defined in order to protect consumers.

Digital 05-02-2013

More internet regulation won’t make children safer online: EU official

Child safety online is listed as one of the main priorities in the Digital Agenda for Europe, but censorship on the internet isn't the way forward, a top European Commission official said.

Should teachers bring ICT into the classroom?

Education experts and lawmakers gathered this week in Brussels at the invitation of US software giant Microsoft to debate the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) should play in education.

Consumer groups seek tougher EU rules on chemicals in toys

Consumer advocates say European policymakers are 'playing' with children's health despite the enactment last year of the Toy Safety Directive, and call for strengthening the chemical requirements for toys.

Digital 21-11-2012

Parliament calls for better online protection of children

EU countries should step up their efforts to protect children online through laws and cooperation, a majority of the European Parliament said in a resolution voted on Tuesday (November 20) in Strasbourg. But the Parliament resolution won't help anyone, says the Pirate Party.

Health 26-06-2012

A polio-free world is still possible

The world’s chances of achieving this once unthinkable goal of ending polio are being jeopardised by a funding gap of $945 million (€757 million), says Sir Liam Donaldson.

Health 01-06-2012

Parliament steps up pressure on food, beverage ads

The European Parliament has renewed calls to curb food and beverage advertising aimed at children and young people, with some MEPs even calling for a total ban on beer commercials aimed at youth. But it's not necessary, says the industry, "We can regulate ourselves".