16 November 2018

Breaking News: Making headway in Brussels

We are delighted to share a significant policy paper, that asks to put the best interests of the child at the heart of EU investments used in countries aspiring to join the EU.

Produced with our NGO partners* and presented to the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, the position paper recommends a series of important considerations for the funding that will go from the EU towards aspiring EU countries (including Bosnia and Herzegovina) during 2021 to 2027.

Historically some of this funding has been used to invest in deinstitutionalisation but we are advocating that more robust conditions need to be put in place, so that the best interests of the child are at the heart of these investments. This is the only way we will be able to drive forward the momentum of preventing children from entering orphanages, and providing family based care for those children leaving institutions.

We are particularly advocating for the need to:

  • Prioritise deinstitutionalisation
  • Exclude investments in institutions
  • Allow civil society a say in how the funds are used

You can read the full policy paper here (Position paper on the European Commission proposal for the Instrument for Pre-Accession III in the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework).

*European Disability Forum, Inclusion Europe, Lumos and UNICEF. Endorsed by ChildPact, Inclusion International and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD),