The Social Protection Committee (SPC), a policy forum for Member States and the European Commission, has produced its 2011 Report on the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy. This leaflet summarises the Report, introducing the SPC work, describing EU poverty and social exclusion targets and analysing the state of play and trends in this area. It goes on to examine poverty reduction and prevention policies and outlines key messages adopted by the SPC. Selected national programmes and EU instruments for tackling poverty and social exclusion are also detailed. The leaflet is available in all 23 official EU languages.