73% of Europeans consider poverty to be a widespread problem in their country while 89% want urgent action by their government to tackle the problem.
Ahead of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October, I would like to reiterate the European Commission's commitment to tackling poverty and social exclusion across the European Union and beyond.
This meeting is essential in giving a voice to those who we usually hear all too little: those experiencing poverty.
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on "Financial inclusion: Ensuring access to a basic bank account".
On the eve of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, ministers from around the EU held a high-level meeting dedicated to fighting poverty and promoting social inclusion.
The European Commission on October 3 2008, put forward a set of common principles to help guide EU countries in their strategies to tackle poverty.
Millions of Europeans face an increased risk of social exclusion through lack of access to basic financial services, according to a new study presented by the European Commission on 28th May 2008.
Around 200 Europeans on the front line of the battle against social exclusion will today meet EU and national policy makers in Brussels for a direct dialogue.
A new report on Child Poverty and Well-Being was adopted by the Social Protection Committee on 17 January 2008.