As part of the EY2010 campaign, the European Commission has co-funded events with the UK government organised by leading UK charities including Save the Children, Poverty Alliance and the London Voluntary Sector Training Consortium.
Other key events in the year have included an art exhibition on poverty in Europe, major conferences on specific issues such as child poverty and homelessness, and a series of events that took place around the recent International Day Against Poverty on 17th October.
The European Commission Representation in London has recently moved office and is auctioning some pieces of antique furniture at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on 7 December. All proceeds will go to the ES Dispossessed Fund.
Notes to editors
2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
Inspired by its founding principle of solidarity, the European Union joined forces with member states to make 2010 the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The key objectives were to raise public awareness about these issues and renew the political commitment of the EU and member states to combat poverty and social exclusion. The guiding principle of the 2010 Year was to give voice to the concerns of people who have to live with poverty and social exclusion, and to inspire society and every European citizen to engage with these important issues.
T he Year also sought to challenge stereotypes and collective perceptions of poverty. By harnessing the EU’s principles of solidarity and partnership, 2010 represented a call to tackle the causes of poverty head-on in a bid to ensure everyone can play a full and active role in society.
Across the EU, civil society, organisations and social partners joined participating countries and the European Commission in running a series of activities throughout 2010.
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