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EU support for fighting global poverty: Implementing UN SDG 1 – ‘Ending poverty’ [Policy podcast]

Poverty affects more than a quarter of the world’s population, and that is why erasing it is a principal objective for humanity, enshrined as the first of a number of goals (SDGs) in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Continue reading

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019: EU contribution to the fight against child poverty

Over recent decades, there has been marked progress in reducing poverty worldwide. The research conducted by this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences laureates, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. Continue reading

What is the EU doing to fight against poverty and social exclusion?

European citizens regularly contact the European Parliament on the subject of poverty and social exclusion in Europe, calling for more to be done to help poor people to escape their predicament. So what is the EU doing about it? Continue reading

Rural areas and poverty

Written by Ana Martinez Juan, A definition… When it comes to poverty, one of the key issues is defining what it means and how it can be measured. Two types of poverty are generally categorised: absolute or extreme poverty, that identifies the number of people below a fixed real poverty threshold (euros/person/day) and relative poverty, … Continue reading

Energy poverty: Protecting vulnerable consumers [Policy Podcast]

Written by Nikolina Sajn, Between 50 million and 125 million people in the EU are at risk of energy poverty – unable to keep their homes warm or pay their bills. Many cope by spending less on food, heating only some rooms in their homes or during only parts of the day, wearing multiple layers … Continue reading

Child poverty in the European Union: The crisis and its aftermath

Written by Marie Lecerf, More than one in four children in the European Union (EU) is at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The poverty rate for children is higher than that for any other age group, though it varies widely across Member States. Furthermore, between 2008 and 2014, Europe has witnessed a rise in … Continue reading

Elderly people and poverty: Current levels and changes since the crisis

Written by David Eatock, Measuring poverty is complex and a number of indicators are now used to try to give a comprehensive picture. A composite measure – ‘at risk of poverty or social exclusion’ (AROPE) – is used today to measure progress on the Europe 2020 anti-poverty target. In general, poverty for those aged 65 … Continue reading

Poverty in the European Union: The crisis and its aftermath

Written by Marie Lecerf, The economic crisis has exacerbated social burdens such as poverty and inequality, which were already major issues before the crisis. Due to the multifaceted nature of poverty, the European Union uses a multidimensional indicator – the ‘at risk of poverty or social exclusion’ rate – based on three different dimensions: monetary … Continue reading

Energy poverty in the EU

Written by Dessislava Yougova Two important studies on energy poverty in the EU were published in 2015 (see below), testifying to the importance of the problem on a European scale. According to the European Commission, around 11% of the EU population may experience energy poverty (see press release ). Energy poverty means that households cannot heat their … Continue reading

Child poverty in the EU

Written by Verena Kern In 2013, 27,7 percent of children in the EU were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The figures have been on the rise in most EU Member States since the onset of the crisis. The risk of growing up in poverty is highest in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece and lowest … Continue reading

Poverty risk, inequality and social exclusion

Updated on 22 January 2016 Written by Eulalia Claros, Verena Kern The distribution of poverty, inequality and social exclusion varies significantly across EU Member States. Based on 2013 data, this infographic shows who is at risk, how equally disposable income is distributed,and how much EU countries spend on specific measures to combat poverty and social … Continue reading

In-work poverty in the EU

Having a job yet still being unable to make a living: In-work poverty is a phenomenon that affected 9,1 percent of the working age EU population in 2012. The rate of those in work and at risk of poverty has been on the rise since 2005. It applies to those with an income below 60% … Continue reading

Child poverty and social exclusion: A framework for European action

More than one child in four in the European Union (EU) is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The poverty rate for children is higher than that for any other age group, though it varies widely across Member States (MS). Over the past decade, exchanges between EU institutions, MS and civil society have led … Continue reading

Does economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa reduce poverty?

According to the World Bank’s latest issue of “African Pulse”, its semi-annual economic development report, Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies continue to grow and are predicted strong medium-term prospects. However, the last decade’s strong economic growth has failed to reduce mass poverty in this region, due to dependence on the export of natural resources and rising inequality. Sub … Continue reading

A more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe after coronavirus?

The triple-crisis – the pandemic’s public health and economic consequences intertwined with the underlying environmental crisis – may lead to increasing divergence, instead of convergence and cohesion among Member States, regions, generations and different groups of society across the EU and globally. Continue reading

75 years since the signature of the United Nations Charter

On 26 June 2020, the world marks 75 years since the United Nations Charter was signed by the 50 states attending the intergovernmental conference in San Francisco that opened in April 1945, as the war entered its final phase. Continue reading

Impact of coronavirus on EU aid to the most deprived [Policy Podcast]

Around 24 million people in the EU, or 5.6 % of the population, are ‘severely materially deprived’. Fighting poverty and social exclusion is therefore a key priority, and to this end the EU supplements its Member States’ aid to those most in need through the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), which has a budget of €3.8 billion. Continue reading

EU-27 support for national short-time work schemes

The coronavirus  pandemic is affecting all 27 European Union (EU) Member States,  but not all to the same extent, although  the impact could spill over onto those Member States not (yet) badly hit. Continue reading

The European Green Deal [What Think Tanks are thinking]

The European Green Deal is a key policy plank of the new European Commission led by President Ursula von der Leyen. It is a package of measures that aims to radically cut emissions of greenhouse gases while creating jobs in clean industries. Continue reading

What if artificial intelligence made work obsolete? [Science and Technology podcast]

The world of work is regularly disrupted by technology development. From mass production to word processing, innovations have regularly transformed our working lives and, with them, the broader economic system. Continue reading

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