Speaking from the Employment and Social Affairs Ministerial meeting in Luxembourg, László Andor EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion welcomed the new agreement reached on a concrete target to reduce poverty in Europe
He said: "Today's agreement is a major breakthrough. For the first time ever, we have a concrete target to reduce those at risk of poverty and exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020. This sends a powerful message about Europe's genuine commitment to visible results for a more just and inclusive Europe."
He added: In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to address the needs of the most vulnerable. Children, for example, are our future and unless we tackle the roots of child poverty we undermine the next generation. By lifting more people out of poverty and including them fully in society we are securing the way for a better and more long-term recovery."
Following today's meeting, EU leaders, at their summit in June, are expected to endorse the five headline targets set out in the European Union strategy for the next decade: "Europe 2020".