Putting the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda: A contribution to the Mid-Term Review of the Europe 2020 Strategy

In this joint contribution, five leading policy analysts examine the Europe 2020 Strategy

With poverty and social exclusion levels on the increase, there is a growing consensus that the social dimension of the Europe 2020 Strategy has been disappointing. Urgent action at EU and country level is required to rectify this if the EU objective of lifting at least 20 million of people out of poverty or social exclusion by 2020 is to be achieved.

Deciding what changes need to be made in order to put the fight against poverty and social exclusion at the heart of the EU agenda is a key challenge for the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 Strategy that is now underway. In this joint contribution, five leading policy analysts examine the scale of the challenge as well as the underlying problems which need to be tackled and the measures which could be taken to do this.

Authors: Hugh Frazer, Anne-Catherine Guio, Eric Marlier, Bart Vanhercke and Terry Ward.

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