Calling for investment in better care for children

Opening Doors Brussels Meeting

National Coordinators of the Opening Doors Campaign met in Brussels last week to discuss progress in Brussels and at national level.

The meeting was an opportunity for national coordinators from each country to exchange experiences on how EU funds are being allocated at national level and whether the transition from institutional to family-based care – a process also known as Deinstitutionalisation (DI) is on track to be included in national priorities – a key concern of the Opening Doors campaign.

This follows our success last year, which saw us secure Deinstitutionalisation (DI) as one of the priorities in the Structural Funds.  Each country must now set their own priorities and decide how they will to spend the money available at national level – in negotiation with the EU.

Thanks to the Code of Conduct recently issued by the European Commission, a legally-binding document, Member States are now required to consult with civil society over the planning and spending of Structural Funds. Opening Doors national coordinators welcomed this Regulation but noted that it is so far being implemented to a varying degree across countries in Europe.

Following the meeting this week, we will be calling on the EU and national governments to ensure that civil society is meaningfully consulted on how this public money will be spent, and continue to call for money to be allocated in each country to DI.