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Each year the European Commission designates a "European Year" dedicated to raising awareness about a particular social issue. 2010 is the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, recognising the fact that 17% of the EU's population - over 84 million people - live below the poverty line.
The Year is based on 4 key principles:
Throughout 2010 events and activities will take place across Europe to increase public awareness of the existence of poverty and social exclusion, how it affects people and societies, and how it can be eliminated. The Year also aims to give a voice to those experiencing poverty and social exclusion by encouraging marginalised groups and disadvantaged communities to get involved in organising and participating in events.
The Year was formally launched in Madrid on 21 January 2010 and was launched in Ireland on 5 February 2010 in Dublin Castle.
In Ireland, EY2010 is co-ordinated by the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Social Inclusion Division, Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs: EY2010@pobail.ie
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