Extracts from the press conference by László Andor on the EC proposal of a Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-075041   Duration: 10:02:26  Lieu:
End production: 24/10/2012   First transmission: 24/10/2012
On 24 October 2012, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, gave a press conference on the EC's proposal to set up a Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU. The Fund would support Member State schemes providing food to the most deprived people and clothing and other essential goods to homeless people and materially-deprived children. The proposal went to the EP and the EU's Council of Ministers for approval.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 00:00:06
10:00:11 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): The European Commission has today proposed to set up a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived. Europe committed itself in the 2020 Strategy to reduce the number of people in or at risk of poverty by at least 20 million. But the current economic and social crisis has taken a terrible toll on the most vulnerable people in European society. As a result, the situation is getting worse, not better. This proposed new Fund would provide tangible help to Europe's most vulnerable people to overcome the problems they face in their daily lives and to integrate into society. 00:00:49
10:01:01 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
10:01:05 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Specifically, the proposal aims to provide food to the most deprived people, and clothing and other essential goods (such as shoes, clothes and soap) to the homeless and to materially-deprived children. There are currently 40 million people in Europe suffering from food deprivation and at least 4 million homeless. There are also 25.4 million children in or at risk of poverty in the EU. 00:00:34
10:01:39 General view of the conference room 00:00:04
10:01:43 Soundbite by László Andor (in ENGLISH): Implementation on the ground would be managed by Member States, usually through non-governmental organisations active in this field. The Commission would approve programmes prepared by Member States in line with their national situations and preferences. Partner organisations would then be responsible for delivering the food to the most deprived persons and clothing and other essential goods to the homeless and to materially-deprived children. The Commission has proposed that the Fund would receive two and a half billion euros from the EU's Budget over the period 2014 to 2020. 00:00:42
10:02:26 Departure of László Andor 00:00:04
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