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EY2010: European Year for Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion




2010: EU Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

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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:

  • all people have a right to live in dignity and take part in society
  • the public and private sector share responsibility to combat poverty and social exclusion
  • eradicating poverty for a more cohesive society benefits all
  • commitment at all levels of society is needed to achieve this goal.

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.

More Information


  • Information on the European Year in Ireland and a timetable of events: Click to open PDF
  • European Commission's EY2010 Factsheet: Click to open PDF
  • EY2010 Framework Document: Click to open PDF
  • Eurobarometer Survey on Poverty and Exclusion in Europe (2007): Click to open PDF
  • Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion: a statistical portrait of the European Union 2010: Click to open PDF
  • Council Declaration on The European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion: Working together to fight poverty in 2010 and beyond: Click to open PDF


Social Inclusion Division, Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs:

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