EU measures relating to children whose parents have left for other EU countries
Question for written answer E-001557/2023
to the Commission
Victor Negrescu (S&D)
According to recent statistics from Save the Children, there are almost one million children in Romania with at least one parent who has left the country in recent years, while several hundred thousand are being faced with the social, educational, psychological and health effects of living remote from their parents.
This problem is also a widespread phenomenon across the whole of Europe, especially in countries that have seen a mass population exodus.
Unfortunately, EU programmes and the few initiatives at EU level in this field are failing to provide an effective and adequate response to the complex assistance needs that have arisen, with these calling for far better defined EU mechanisms, among other things.
In view of the above, will the Commission:
- 1.identify and propose new programmes or sources of funding to help the children left behind?
- 2.create an integrated programme model or set of recommendations for care and social support for children left behind, including through the implementation of a new European system for collecting and reporting labour migration statistics that will remedy the problem of under-reporting?