Poverty between reality and perceptions: the communication challenge

From 29/10 to 29/10

Press conference on poverty : 29th October

The conference on “Poverty: Perceptions and Reality - The Communication Challenge”, jointly prepared by the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and the Directorate-General for Communication, brought together 400 around participants and stakeholders in the fight against poverty and social exclusion including public decision makers, NGOs, journalists and researchers.

It looked at the role of communication in social inclusion policies from three different perspectives:

  • By providing information on Europeans’ opinions on poverty and exclusion against the backdrop of the crisis, based on the new Eurobarometer survey.
  • By examining how poverty and exclusion are handled in the media;
  • By highlighting the responsibility of public authorities in the appropriate use of public communication tools to promote social inclusion.

A press conference by Commissioner ŠPIDLA was organised and bilateral interviews with journalists took place.

This one-day conference was preceded by a seminar for journalists working on social issues. More information on the seminar.