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New survey reveals more people struggling to make ends meet

22/06/2010

One European in six reports a constant struggle to pay household bills and three quarters believe that poverty has increased in their country over the past year.

Speaking to the media in Brussels, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion said "The survey results confirm that poverty is a major issue in the EU and that the current economic and financial situation is aggravating the situation further. The crisis is taking its toll and a significant proportion of Europeans today are finding it difficult to make ends meet". He added: "The EU's new strategy for the next decade: Europe 2020 and its target to lift at least 20 million Europeans out of poverty by 2020 sends a powerful message about all countries' genuine commitment to visible results for a more just and inclusive Europe."

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