In 2010 the European Commission defined five main objectives for the EU to achieve until the end of 2020. These objectives refer to employment, research and development, climate/energy, education and social inclusion and poverty reduction.
Regarding the objective of social poverty reduction, the Commission set as a goal to “reduce, at least, by 20 million the quantity of people at risk of or in a situation of poverty or social exclusion”.
Regarding job creation, the objective is to “increase by 75% the employment rate within the 20 – 64 age range”.
The European Group of Pensioners of Saving Banks and Banks (EGPSBB) chose two out of these topics for its debates during the 21st Euromeeting taking place in La Coruña (Spain):
- Social poverty reduction.
- Job creation.
The reason for choosing these topics is justified by the fact that the EGPSBB represents an age group seriously affected by the poverty and unemployment consequences. According to EUROSTAT statistics concerning 2014, one out of four European citizens is at risk of living in poverty situation. The quantity of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in Europe is 122.6 million.
The elderly (as well as children, disabled and immigrants) are the most affected by poverty, because if they do not have some savings, they do not have possibilities to survive with dignity, especially if their incomes come exclusively from one pension, as it happens in most cases.
Children unemployment has also a very negative consequence on the elderly incomes because, as we can verify, they are the ones who have to aid them in unemployment or incomes reduction cases.
As the main consequences for the elderly, we have isolation, privation, difficulty for accessing health and comfort basic services, discrimination, etc.
GET (Work and Study Group)