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    "How to improve European pensions systems - and the role of the European Commission", Conference on Green Paper on Pensions, Brussels Choose translations of the previous link 

    29/10/2010

    We all know that population ageing, combined with the impact of the financial crisis, poses a challenge for our pension systems, and one to which we must respond. We must respond to ensure our pension systems remain adequate, sustainable and safe.

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    Speaking points at the press conference following the 9th European Round Table on Poverty and Social Exclusion Choose translations of the previous link 

    19/10/2010

    This Round Table meeting has brought together European and national policy-makers, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss the problem of poverty in Europe. Today Europe is one of the richest regions in the world. Yet, 84 million European still live at risk of poverty. This is not acceptable.

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    "Social inclusion of families and EU policies: where do we stand?", European Family Conference, Brussels Choose translations of the previous link 

    14/10/2010

    Social inclusion is all the more crucial as the situation is dramatic. In today’s European Union, 84 million people are at risk of poverty. That is 16 per cent of the population. And 10 million of them are children. That is simply unacceptable in 21st century Europe!

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    "Contribution of EU funds to the integration of Roma", High Level Event, Bucharest Choose translations of the previous link 

    12/10/2010

    Recent events have shown that the situation of many Roma people needs to be addressed urgently. In order to overcome exclusion, we must tackle ignorance, prejudice, racism and violence. I am fully committed to the fight for equality and economic and social opportunity for all Roma people.

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