Europe is ageing. More than 130 million people in the European Union, or about a quarter of the total population, receive a pension. By and large, the national pension systems make sure that older citizens receive a stable income after the end of their working life and are not threatened by poverty. In fact, the risk of being poor in the EU is lower among the elderly above age 65 as compared to the population below age 65.
While more and more people experience poverty at some point in their life, a short-lived experience is certainly different in nature than long-term poverty.
The European Commission welcomes today's adoption of the regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States valuable support in their efforts to help Europe's most vulnerable people, who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis.
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor announced today plans to reinforce local authorities' efforts to overcome inequalities between Roma and non-Roma citizens in their municipalities.
All 28 EU countries today committed to implementing a set of recommendations, proposed by the European Commission, to step up the economic and social integration of Roma communities.
Innovation can help promote inclusive growth, fight against poverty, ensure a successful transition to a green economy and implement the youth guarantee, says the November issue of Social Agenda.
The European Commission has called on Member States to deliver on their commitments to ensure equality and to do more to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma.
On International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe.
Tackling child poverty has been high on the Norwegian political agenda for over a decade.
The European Commission has proposed to set up a Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU.