Written Question: Detailed budgetary breakdowns of EU funding spent on care

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 2 June 2021

Question for written answer E-002919/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Frances Fitzgerald (PPE)

Subject: Detailed budgetary breakdowns of EU funding spent on care

Care and the social contract between generations is at the heart of the European ideal, from childcare, to care for persons with long-term illnesses or disabilities and care for older persons. In recent years, the EU has sought to increase the focus on care through the European Pillar of Social Rights (Principles 11, 16 and 18 in particular) and the Green Paper on ageing. In addition, under the European Semester, the country‑specific recommendations have often highlighted that Member States should further invest in care. Yet the EU can also complement these efforts through EU funding for care infrastructure, data provision, the upskilling of care workers, etc.

I would therefore like to ask the Commission:

  1. for detailed breakdowns of the amounts of funding spent on care under the 2014‑2020 multiannual financial framework (MFF), in particular through programmes such as the European Social Fund (ESF), the Employment and Social Innovation programme, the European fund for strategic investments, the Cohesion Fund and Horizon Europe, and other programmes if relevant;
  2. for a projected breakdown of the amounts of funding spent on care under the 2021‑2027 MFF, in particular through programmes such as ESF+, the Cohesion Fund, Horizon Europe, EU4Health and InvestEU;
  3. for a projected early analysis of spending on care under the Recovery and Resilience Facility national action plans, in line with the country‑specific recommendations.
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