Finland implements the European Child Guarantee as part of the work related to the National Child Strategy
The Council of the European Union adopted a recommendation on establishing a European Child Guarantee in summer 2021. The aim of the Child Guarantee is to support specifically vulnerable children and their families and to help direct investments to the wellbeing of children. Finland implements the Child Guarantee as part of the work related to the National Child Strategy, which has been implemented from the very start in line with the guidelines of the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child.
The European Child Guarantee provides tools and guidance for EU Member States
Nearly 18 million children are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU. The European Child Guarantee provides tools and guidance for EU Member States to make basic services available to all children in Europe who are at risk of poverty. Each Member State will publish a national action plan for the Child Guarantee.
A specific aim of the national action plan is to ensure access to basic services for vulnerable children and young people.
Progression of European Child Guarantee
In spring 2022, as part of the preparation of the National Action Plan, the Child Strategy conducted consultations and discussions with stakeholders, ministry officials and the Ombudsman for Children.
Finland submitted a National Action Plan for Child Guarantee to the EU on 21 April 2022. In Finnish, the National Action Plan was published on 25 April 2022. Finland will report to the EU on the implementation of the National Action Plan in March 2024. The Member states’ action plans are available on the EU Child Guarantee website (europa.eu).(opens in a new window, you’re moving to another site)
The European Commission gave its own observations to the Finnish Action Plan in December 2022. You can find out about them from this link (in English, pdf.).(opens in a new window, you’re moving to another site)
Since late 2021, the Child Insurance Coordinators have met as follows:
18.10.2021 (remote meeting)
2.12.2021 (remote meeting)
27.1.2022 (remote meeting)
10 March 2022 (remote meeting)
21.4.2022 (remote meeting)
14.6.2022 First Annual Meeting (Brussels)
27.9.2022 European expert meeting on implementation of the EU Child Guarantee (Berlin)
19.10.2022 (remote meeting)
16 Dec 2022 (remote meeting)
15 March 2023 (remote meeting)
22-23 May 2023 (live, Dublin)