Czech Republic first EU member to launch European Year against Poverty

The Czech Republic has become the first of the 27 member states of the EU to hold an official event to launch the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The European Social Affairs Commissioner Vladimir Špidla and the Czech Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Petr Šimerka attended Friday’s launch in Prague. According to data from the European statistics office Eurostat, 17 percent of the EU’s population is living in poverty.

Author: Sarah Borufka