Q&A about EY 2010

What is a European Year?

A European Year is dedicated to raising awareness about a particular topic that is of importance to European citizens. Whatever the issue in question, the Year provides an opportunity to exchange best practice, stimulate debate on policy and create helpful and lasting links across Europe. It is also a call for political commitment from every part of society.

These special Years give civil society stakeholders and other actors the chance to develop their own activities.

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Who is it initiated by?

The European Year is an initiative of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The European Commission has a leading role to ensure national priorities and Community objectives are met. The European Year is implemented in partnership by a wide range of actors, from the local to the EU level.

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What lead to the decision to make 2010 the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion? Was it the financial crisis?

Fighting poverty and social exclusion is key to the EU’s goals of improving social cohesion, achieving economic growth and developing more and better jobs. The decision to make 2010 the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion was taken before the economic downturn. However, with the sharp rise in unemployment that many countries have faced in the last year, there are more people than ever at risk of falling into poverty, so the Year takes place at a significant point in time.

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What kind of events will we see?

At the European level we expect to see high-profile conferences and communications initiatives, along with an art initiative and a competition for journalists. Regional and local events will take place in the 29 participating countries.

There will be EU and national level focus weeks in each Member State, as well as cultural and sports activities.

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Will the campaign have any real effect on poverty and social exclusion?

Yes it will! Only by stimulating debate can change take place. The Year will challenge stereotypes and bring poverty and social exclusion into the media spotlight across the length and breadth of the EU.

A renewed debate on these issues will help the EU and its Member States to develop new policies to improve the lives of people who suffer poverty and social exclusion and generate a new impetus to fight poverty – create and reinforce new partnership beyond the classical audience.

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What is the budget and does it represent good value?

The EY 2010 has a budget of €17 million. Previous experience of running European Years tells us that spending this sort of money represents a good, long-term investment. The aim is to create momentum so that governments and other stakeholders are encouraged to tackle poverty and social exclusion with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.

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Can I use the official logo and banner?

If you are organising an event that contributes to the objectives of the EY 2010, you can request permission to use the European Year name and logo. Depending on the scale and relevance of your event, it could end up being featured in the European Year website calendar of activities.

For national events, please apply to your NIB.

For European-level events, please request the logo directly from this webpage, which contains a logo request form.

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What are the National Implementing Bodies and what is their role?

Each Member State has appointed a National Implementing Body (NIB). NIBs are responsible for designing national programmes for the European Year. A national programme includes priorities and highlights of what is going on during the year. NIBs are administrative authorities, or the equivalent, and will select national activities to propose for EU funding. NIBs will work closely with civil society organisations, social partners, regional and local authorities, and bodies that represent the interests of people experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

You can find the contact details for the NIB in your country here.

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May I apply for funding?

There is no call for proposals or calls for tenders at EU level, only at national level.

Get in touch with your national authority.

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