0529 GMT May 21, 2019
Data from the survey was cited by the country’s High Commissioner of Child Poverty Pau Mari-Klose in a speech to Parliament’s Health, Consumption and Social Welfare Commission, euroweeklynews.com reported.
Mari-Klose said it was his job to stop and reverse Spain’s slide into the EU countries with the largest amount of children in poverty.
“We still have a long way to go,” the high commissioner said.
There are currently almost 30 percent of children at risk of poverty in Spain, 29 points above the European average. Spain came third behind Romania and Bulgaria in terms of the number of children in poverty.
Silvia Heredia, the conservative Partido Popular (PP) childhood spokesperson, and her centrist Ciudadanos counterpart, Felix Alvarez, said the government’s child poverty agency was too dependent on funds from other departments.
They added the High Commission should be funded from the national budget.
Mari-Klose said the agency’s success depended on ongoing funding for years to come.