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European Union Activities

European Union flag and activities in child policy

EPIC is a tool for monitoring activities that support the European Commission Recommendation “Investing in Children- breaking the cycle of disadvantage” which forms part of the Social Investment Package. This section includes two types of related information.

The EU-funded research projects section contains information on a range of projects with a research focus on family and child-related issues in Europe, funded by the European Union through the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. These projects were funded under the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh (FP7, 2007 - 2013) Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development. Examples of studies financed under different EU programmes are also presented.

To acknowledge developments linked to the Recommendation, family and child policy related activities of other Directorate Generals and relevant bodies are presented in this section. Users can access further information via the websites listed below. Furthermore a set of key indicators are displayed which are linked to relevant child and family policy developments in EU Member States.

EU-funded research projects

The European Union, through the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, has funded a range of projects with a research focus on family and child-related issues in Europe. They were funded under the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh ( FP7 , 2007 - 2013 ) Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development and have produced a range of relevant outputs.



Responsible for Communications Networks, Content & Technology: it manages the Digital Agenda of the EU and works on ensuring that digital technologies can help deliver growth within the EU.



Responsible for Health & Consumers: launched a Youth Health Initiative, which aims to involve young people more closely in EU health policy-making processes and to help EU countries improve young people’s health.



Responsible for Justice – Rights of the Child: helps to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of the child. In particular, the DG coordinates and cooperates with other services of the Commission to ensure that the rights of the child take a central role in all relevant policies and actions.



Responsible for Education & Culture – Youth: promotes the active citizenship of young people, fosters their integration in society and ensures that other EU policies include a youth dimension. The Youth In Action programme provides specific opportunities for young people to be mobile, to learn and to participate across the EU.



Responsible for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion – Social Protection & Social Inclusion: provides guidance and support to help EU countries achieve the Europe 2020 targets. The DG works together with the Member States to agree on common social policy objectives and measures progress towards these goals.


European Social Fund – Creating Chances for Youth

Funds projects across Europe to help young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) gain the skills and qualifications they need to enter the job market. It is focused on increasing access to employment as a means to combat social exclusion.


Europe 2020

A shared strategy to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the EU. It consists of five objectives on employment, innovation, education, poverty and social inclusion and climate/energy, to be reached by 2020. Each Member State has adopted its own national targets in each of these areas.


Eurostat – Employment & Social Policy

Provides various sets of data which track the following EU policies: employment guidelines; social inclusion and social protection; education and training; information society; youth; equality (age and gender); and migrant integration.