The European Parliament’s Intergroup Fighting Against Poverty and EAPN organise an exchange on the European Anti-Poverty Network’s 2018 Poverty Watch Reports.
The event “Poverty Watch: The reality of poverty and social exclusion in the EU” will be held on Tuesday 29 January 2019, from 13h00 to 15h00 at the European Parliament in Brussels, room ASP 5E3.
“The problem is not that we run out of money occasionally. The real problem is that we live our entire lives this way and our children grow up in this too.”
(Person with direct experience of poverty from Lithuania).
113 million people still face poverty and social exclusion in the EU, with little progress on the Europe 2020 poverty target, to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020. The gaps between countries also get wider.
This Intergroup event will discuss the state of play on poverty in the EU in 2018 and explore what can be done, in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Starting with an overview of EAPN key findings and messages on poverty across the EU, the session will hear from poverty watches in Spain, Italy, Finland and Lithuania as well as testimonies from people directly facing poverty.
MEPs and the Commission will respond and discuss ways forward.
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