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Child well-being in the European Union: trends and policy markers

Expert meeting
Budapest, 28 April 2011
Venue: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice
1055 Budapest, V. Kossuth Lajos tér 11, room 101

TARKI Social Research Institute is preparing a background paper for the Hungarian EU presidency that aims at contributing to the child mainstreaming process within the European Union through the improvement of monitoring tools in the field. The background paper will be launched in June 2011, after being discussed at a workshop bringing together experts and stakeholders active in area of child well-being from across the EU.

The European Union has always regarded as a primary objective its fight against poverty and social exclusion and is increasingly turning its focus on the issue of child well-being. As part of the European cooperation on social protection and social inclusion, the European Union has expressed its strong political commitment to combating child poverty and promoting well-being among children, regardless of their social background.
In 2007 the EU Social Protection Committee established the EU Task Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-being, which laid out recommendations (later adopted by the Social Protection Committee) to develop and monitor quantifiable measures and to employ a common framework in the study of child well-being. Following these guidelines, the international consortium lead by TÁRKI Social Research Institute (Budapest) and Applica (Brussels) prepared and submitted its report to the European Commission entitled Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-being in the European Union.
The Hungarian EU Presidency background paper will build on these predecessors and aims at contributing to the child mainstreaming process within the EU.


14:00-14:10 Zoltán Balog (State Secretary, Social Inclusion Department, Ministry of Public Administration and Justice): Welcome
Chair: Eric Marlier (International Scientific Coordinator, CEPS/INSTEAD)

I. Child well-being in the European Union (a prototype analysis based on the suggested new indicator portfolio)
14:10-14:40 Presenter: András Gábos (Senior Researcher, TÁRKI)
I.1 The suggested separate child well-being indicator portfolio: how balanced cross-European picture do we get from it?
14:40-14:55 Chris de Neubourg (Chief, Child Poverty and Social and Economic Policy Responses, Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF)
14:55-15:10 Elodie Fazi (Policy Officer, DG EMPL)
15:10-15:25 Rudi Van Dam (Member of the Indicator Sub-Group of the Social Protection Committee)
15:25-15:45 Questions, comments, discussion
I.2 How the policy marker report cards serve mapping the situation of children in individual Member States?
15:45-16:00 Agata D’Addato (Policy Officer, Eurochild)
16:00-16:15 Margaret Wachenfeld (Senior Policy Adviser, UNICEF Brussels Office)
16:15-16:35 Questions, comments, discussion
16:35-17:00 Coffee break

II. The way forward: how can monitoring of child well-being continue in the Social OMC?
17:00-17:10 István György Tóth (Director, TÁRKI) Indicators, data, and country level reporting: lessons for monitoring

Antonia Carparelli (Acting Director, Directorate EU 2020, DG EMPL) Monitoring child well-being in the Member States of the EU: plans for the future
17:25-17:50 Questions, comments, discussion
17:50-18:00 Wrap-up, Eric Marlier (International Scientific Coordinator, CEPS/INSTEAD)