2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
The European Union has joined forces with its Member States to make 2010 the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion with the key objectives of raising public awareness about these issues and renew political commitment. A major theme for the year is the intergenerational transmission of poverty, as across Europe whole families – children, parents and grandparents – find it hard to escape poverty as it seems it is passed on from one generation to another. 20 million out of the 100 million children and young people aged 0-18 in Europe are at risk of poverty. Fighting child poverty is one of the priorities of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, and looking at how affordable access to quality services for children, adults and the elderly can play a vital role in preventing poverty and social exclusion.