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Launch of the 2010 European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion The news: A European conference on "Poverty: Perceptions and Reality - The Communication Challenge" will take place in Brussels on 28-29 October to launch the 2010 European Year. The conference is targeted at journalists, policy-makers, NGOs and researchers from all over Europe. On 29 October, it will also be broadcast live on the web (link available the day before at http://2010againstpoverty.eu). On the first day (28 October), a seminar for journalists working on social issues will take place. The programme for the day includes a presentation of the communication efforts for the European Year; a meeting with Commissioner Vladimír Spidla and the possibility to visit grassroots projects to combat poverty in Brussels. On the second day (29 October), the results of a Eurobarometer survey on the multi- faceted aspects of poverty, and the first wave of a tracking Eurobarometer survey on Europeans' perception of the social impact of the crisis will be presented to the 400 participants. (The Eurobarometer will also be presented at a technical briefing in the press room on 27 October.) The issues of how European media treat poverty and exclusion issues and the importance of public communication for effective social inclusion policies will be addressed at the conference. The background: Almost 80 million people are currently living in poverty in the EU. Despite an improvement in overall living standards in Europe over the past decade, poverty and social exclusion remain major issues in most countries, although with substantial differences across the EU. Poverty rates, based on per capita income, range from 10% in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands to more than 20% in Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania. The 2010 European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion aims to promote solidarity, equality and tolerance while combating stereotypes and stigmatisation. In the 27 Member States, Norway and Iceland, hundreds of events will contribute to the European-wide campaign. The purpose of a European Year is to raise public awareness of and draw national governments' attention to a specific issue. The event: 27 October: Technical briefing in the Berlaymont press room at 11.15 on the results of the Eurobarometer survey on poverty, Brussels. 28 October: Seminar for journalists. 29 October: Conference on 'Poverty: Perceptions and Reality ­ the Communication Challenge" in the Charlemagne Building, rue de la Loi 170, including a press conference with Commissioner Spidla and bilateral interviews with journalists, Brussels. To register, please send an email to Antoine.saint-denis@ec.europa.eu The sources: European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010: http://2010againstpoverty.eu More information on EU response to the social impact of the crisis: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=736 EU Coordination to improve social welfare http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=750 Commissioner Spidla's website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_barroso/spidla/index_en.cfm The contacts: Katharina von Schnurbein +32 2 298 1408 katharina.von-schnurbein@ec.europa.eu Carmel Dunne +32 2 299 8894 carmel.dunne@ec.europa.eu 17

Berlaymontgebouw in Brussel
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
datum 29 oktober 2009
plaats Brussel, België
locatie Berlaymont (BERL) Toon locatie
zaal pers ruimte
aanwezigen V. (Vladimir) Spidla e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

80 million Europeans live below the poverty threshold. This figure will dramatically increase due to the consequences of the current economic crisis. This violates the EU principles of solidarity and social justice.

In response, 2010 will be the "European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion".

Four cross-disciplinary objectives will lie at the heart of this European Year:

  • Recognition of the fundamental right of persons experiencing poverty and social exclusion to live in dignity and to take an active part in society;
  • Shared responsibility and participation: promote public support for social inclusion policies, emphasising collective and individual responsibility in combating poverty and social exclusion, and fostering commitment by all public and private actors;
  • Cohesion: promote a more cohesive society, where no one doubts that society as a whole benefits from the eradication of poverty;
  • Commitment and practical action: renew the pledge of the EU and its Member States to combat poverty and social exclusion, and involve all levels of authority in the pursuit of that aim.

The first event for 2010 is a media event on the theme "crisis, poverty and media".


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Deze instelling van de Europese Unie kan worden beschouwd als het 'dagelijks bestuur' van de EU. De leden van de Europese Commissie worden 'Eurocommissarissen' genoemd. Elke Eurocommissaris is verantwoordelijk voor één of meerdere beleidsgebieden. Momenteel zijn er 28 Eurocommissarissen, voor elke lidstaat één. Samen vormen zij het college van Eurocommissarissen. De Eurocommissarissen moeten het belang van de Europese Unie als geheel behartigen, niet dat van hun eigen land.

De Europese Commissie mag als enige EU-instelling wetsvoorstellen indienen; zij heeft het zogenaamde recht van initatief. Daarnaast controleert de Commissie of de Europese wetgeving juist wordt toegepast in de lidstaten, onderhandelt zij in internationale organisaties als de Wereldhandelsorganisatie (WTO) over de handel van de Unie met het 'buitenland' en is zij verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van de Europese begroting van ongeveer 140 miljard euro per jaar.

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