The European Commission has proposed to set up a Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU.
The European Commission has called on EU Member States, in a report, to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma.
The European Commission adopted a report on the implementation and results of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010.
E-inclusion awards 2012 now open for entries.
The Convention, that took place in Krakow (Poland) on 17-18 October was organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Polish presidency.
The EU Aid for the Needy scheme, which provides food for as many as 18 million of the EU's most deprived citizens, faces a drastic cut in spending next year following a Court ruling in April.
The European Commission is putting forward a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, which will help guide national Roma policies and mobilise funds available at EU level to support inclusion efforts.
In-work poverty and labour market segmentation need to be taken into account more strongly in the EU’s strategy to tackle poverty and social exclusion in the future.
One of the objectives of the Strategy Europe 2020 is to reduce by 20 million the number of poor people in the European Union within the next decade.
Hungary followed on from Spain and Belgium to become head of the Council of the European Union on 1 January 2011.