Following a consultation of the civil society on child poverty (ended in Jan. 2012) and another consultation on social inclusion (ended in April 2012), on February 2013, the European Commission - DG Employement launched a Social Investment Package advocating for keeping on investing e.g. in children, in youth and in health to ensure Europe's growth and very future. Of course, this publication also takes into consideration the specific context the European Union has been in since 2008 and suggests adjustments not to worsen the situation some States or regions are in at the moment.
This Package especially pays close attention to the future of Europe through the future of European children and youths and is completed by Declarations and Recommendations. Therefore, when it comes to children, the European Commission also launched in February 2013 a Recommendation entitled :Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage", which aims at reminding the States of the need to carry on supporting children's development despite economic constraints.