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Child Poverty and Well-Being in the European Union – Workshop, 16 June 2010

The findings of the child poverty project serve to strengthen the knowledge base for the Social Open Method of Coordination and its results will impact upon the decision making process of the EU. The commitment of the European Commission to combating child poverty and social exclusion and the results of the study have created an environment favourable for the strengthening of a trans-European monitoring process in the field of child poverty and well-being. The timing of the Hungarian presidency presents Hungary with an opportunity to take the lead on this issue. The aim of the workshop, organized jointly by TÁRKI Social Research Institute and the European Union Representation in Hungary, was therefore to identify forward-seeking policy strategies in the field of child poverty at home and in Europe that may form the first steps towards the effective monitoring of child poverty and well-being. The existence and actual operation of wide range of transfer programmes (means tested and universal) in Hungary means a potential and a constraint at the same time. Also, due to the segregation process of the sizeable Roma population, a tendency towards the ethnicization of poverty is increasingly visible; deep poverty overlaps with the boundaries of ethnicity in many cases.

Conference programme

9:30-9:40 Tamás Szűcs (European Union Representation in Hungary): Welcome
I. Child poverty and child well-being in the European Union
9:40-10:00 István György Tóth (TÁRKI): Child poverty and child well-being in the EU in the light of indicators
10:00-10:20 András Gábos (TÁRKI): Child poverty – challenges, policy and best practices in the EU
10:20-10:40 Zsuzsa Ferge (Office for the Programme to Combat Child Poverty): The Hungarian situation and what strategies would work in moving ahead
10:40-11:00 Questions, comments, discussion
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
II. Monitoring, target setting and policies to combat child poverty and social exclusion: priorities at EU level and the opportunities of the Hungarian presidency
11:20-11:40 Antonia Carparelli (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities)

Gábor Baranyai (Secretariat for the European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to be confirmed)
11:55-12:10 Zoltán Lakner (Secretariat for Social Inclusion, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice)
12:10-12:30 Questions, comments, discussion