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The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an opportunity to focus on the serious consequences of the current economic crisis on the levels of inequality, poverty and the risk of social exclusion not only in the world as a whole but also in one of its richest regions, Europe.
According to a study just published by the European Commission in most EU countries, EU citizens from other Member States use welfare benefits no more intensively than the host country's nationals. Mobile EU citizens are less likely to receive disability and unemployment benefits in most countries studied.
The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.