Wednesday

31st Aug 2016

Poverty on the rise in EU

  • Almost 120,000 people in the EU face some form of poverty (Photo: .craig)

Europe’s economic crisis is pushing more people to the brink of poverty and social exclusion.

According to figures released on Monday (3 December) by the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, over 24 percent of the EU population in 2011 was either struggling with low income or have extremely poor living conditions.

Dear EUobserver reader

Subscribe now for unrestricted access to EUobserver.

Sign up for 30 days' free trial, no obligation. Full subscription only 15 € / month or 150 € / year.

  1. Unlimited access on desktop and mobile
  2. All premium articles, analysis, commentary and investigations
  3. EUobserver archives

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and all 28 member states.

♡ We value your support.

If you already have an account click here to login.

“More than 27 percent of children are now at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, that is much more than the overall population,” said EU employment commissioner Laszlo Andor said in a speech in November

At the bottom of the scale is Bulgaria where nearly half the population is suffering from some form of poverty.

Most of Bulgaria’s poor is concentrated in rural areas where agriculture generates about half of total household incomes.

Low birth rates, migration, and increased infant mortality have widened the poverty disparity gap with its cities. Poverty is now four times higher in villages when compared Sofia.

The country is followed by Romania and Latvia at 40 percent, Lithuania at 33 percent and Greece at 31 percent. In Germany, the figure is nearly 20 percent.

The EU average represents nearly a one percent increase compared to 2010 when it had launched its ‘European year of combating poverty and social exclusion’.

The anti-poverty year, budgeted at €26 million, was aimed at renewing political commitments of member states to help reverse the trend.

The European Commission, for its part, allocated €500 million in November in its annual programme for 2013 to help feed Europe’s hungry. The fund is estimated to benefit some 18 million people.

It wants to extend the programme and requested some €2.5 billion, allocated from the European Social Fund, in the EU’s next 7-year budget cycle. Member states would pay 15 percent of the costs in their respective national programmes with the EU fund covering the rest.

The Brussels-executive also plans on adopting a recommendation for child poverty early next year.

The proposal will put forward ideas on how to ease parent access to the labour market, provide income support, and provide early childhood education and health care.

Warning over Europe's sugar-guzzling habits

Europeans get through a huge amount of sugary drinks, causing serious risks to their health, a study backed by anti-obesity campaigners suggests. But southern Europe has seen a marked decline in consumption.

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. EuridThe 2016 .eu Web Awards is a Chance to Make Dreams Come True so Vote Today !
  2. Nordic CouncilNordic-Baltic Co-operation Vital in Turbulent Times
  3. GoogleBrussels: Home of Beer, Fries, Chocolate and Google’s Policy Team - follow @GoogleBrussels
  4. HuaweiSeeds for the Future Programme to Bring Students to China for ICT Training
  5. EFASpain is Not a Democratic State. EFA Expresses Solidarity to A. Otegi and EH Bildu
  6. UNICEFBoko Haram Violence in Lake Chad Region Leaves Children Displaced and Trapped
  7. HuaweiMaking Cities Smarter and Safer
  8. GoogleHow Google Makes Connections More Secure For Users
  9. EGBAThe EU Court of Justice Applies Proportionality in Assessing Gambling Laws
  10. World VisionThe EU and Member States Must Not Use Overseas Aid for Promoting EU Interests
  11. Dialogue PlatformInterview: "There is a witch hunt against the Gulen Movement in Turkey"
  12. ACCAACCA Calls for ‘Future Looking’ Integrated Reporting Culture With IIRC and IAAER

Latest News

  1. Spain's Rajoy faces uphill battle to win MPs' support
  2. Russia and Turkey restart talks on EU gas pipeline
  3. MEPs call for reconciliation with Turkey
  4. Egypt blames EU-Turkey deal for refugee spike
  5. EU dithering aggravated refugee crisis, Merkel says
  6. Verheugen did not think VW cheating was morally possible
  7. Greece and EU to tackle labour market reform
  8. EU's €13bn tax decision angers Ireland, US, and Apple