The at-risk-of-poverty rate (AROP – cut-off point: 60% of median equivalised income after social transfers) in the (then) EU-27 is 18.3% for those aged 65 and over. The rate just for the euro area (19 countries) is slightly higher at 19.3%. For comparison, the 2007 AROP rate for those below age 65 were 16.1% for the EU-27 and 15.6% for the euro-area 19, showing that those aged 65+ were at greater risk of poverty than those below that age in 2007.
There is a large variation between Member States in 2007 AROP rates for those aged 65+, ranging from 5.5% in the Czech Republic to 50.6% in Cyprus.
Women have a consistently higher AROP rate than men, across all of the Member States. In 2007, for the EU-27 as a whole, the rate for women was 20.5% compared to 15.2% for men.