Guest blog post by Letizia Polizzi, Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children International.
the United Nation’s Expert on Foreign Debt Juan-Pablo Bohoslavsky will be in Brussels to present his findings on the effect that austerity measures across the EU have had on human rights. He will argue that the measures taken to respond to the 2008 economic and financial crisis have significantly weakened, among other rights, labour rights, collective bargaining rights and the right to social security.
At Save the Children, we are concerned at the findings of his reports as children have paid a high price for the austerity measures and the crisis – one child in every four is now at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union. The measures taken by the EU institutions and European governments in the intervening years have caused, among other things, cuts in social protection systems and reduced support for families and children.
In his reports, Mr Bohoslavsky looked favourably at the adoption of the Social Investment Package and the 2013 Recommendation Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage. However, he noted that these instruments have not been able to adequately address poverty and unprecedented youth unemployment in Europe. Therefore, he encouraged the EU institutions and member states to ensure that the European Pillar of Social Rights is “built on the obligations that member states have assumed under international and regional human rights law” and includes “measures to enhance access to justice for affected individuals and to improve the enforcement of social rights.”
After a year of open consultation, on 26 April, the European Commission has adopted the Recommendation on the European Pillar of Social Rights setting 20 principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems.
Save the Children welcomes that one of the core principles of the Pillar is the right of children to be protected from poverty. We also strongly agree with the Commission’s view that “it is far more beneficial for societies to invest adequately during the early years of children’s life than to try to solve the problems of adolescents or young adults later on.” 
As stressed in our open letter to Commissioner Thyssen, we now expect the Commission to act accordingly to ensure that the Pillar furthers investment in children by putting forward concrete legislative and non-legislative initiatives and adequate budgetary commitments.
We want the EU institutions and European governments to make the fight against child poverty a priority for the EU. No child should be left behind. #EveryLastChild
 Staff Working Document Taking Stock of the Recommendation Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantageBlogactiv Team