The role of Spanish cities in the future implementation of a European Child Guarantee with Francisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes, Institute for Public Goods and Policies, CSIC) & Visiting researcher at Sciences Po, CEE

19 Mai, 2021 - 17:30 - 19:15

Seminar Cities are back in town

Sciences Po, Webinar, compulsory registration

The development of the European Child Guarantee aims to address the socio-economic vulnerability currently affecting more than one in four children in Europe. This programme is currently in the final steps of design before it can become implemented as part of the new European Social Fund (ESF+) within the new EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027). In its current format, it proposes a new integrated approach to addressing the multidimensional aspects of child poverty by seeking to ensure that all children in Europe are guaranteed access to free and quality health, education and pre-school care, as well as decent accommodation and adequate nutrition. Meeting these five basic needs through national and European action plans would ensure that the living conditions and opportunities of millions of children in Europe would improve considerably in the medium and long term. Investment in children, understood as resources to ensure the stability and prosperity of the EU, is understood within this programme as the most effective way to improve the future economic and social well-being of the Union.

At this moment, this policy initiative is in Phase III of the implementation study across the EU. This phase aims at analysing potential implementation barriers and deficits in the deployment of the European Child Guarantee (including barriers to access, non-take-up, the impact of bureaucratic-administrative discretion, etc.). This seminar will focus on the specific challenges arising from the multi-level governance structure of the policy domains affected by this policy initiative in the Spanish case, bringing to the surface the important role that local authorities shall play in the implementation of this policy scheme, notably in cities with significant populations of children in need.


Francisco Javier Morena-FuentesFrancisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes,  Institute for Public Goods and Policies, CSIC & Visiting researcher at Sciences Po, CEE

Francisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes is Senior Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (IPP-CSIC). He obtained a BA in Sociology from the Universidad Complutense, a Master in Social Sciences from the Juan March Institute, a MSc in Social Policy from the LSE, and a PhD in Political Science from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. Between July 2018 and September 2019 he was Deputy Director of the Spanish High Commissioner Against Child Poverty.

Francisco Javier Moreno-Fuentes is a member of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) of independent experts on social protection and inclusion of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.


Stefania Sabatinelli, Polytechnic University of Milan, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies

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