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Parliamentary questions
6 June 2014
Answer given by Mr Andor on behalf of the Commission

1. The figures requested by the Honourable Member were provided in reply to E-003293/2014.

2 and 3. In the context of adjustment programmes proposed by the Troika, the governments concerned are encouraged to implement reforms in such a way as to minimise social hardship, including by maintaining support for families and children at risk. The competence for social support programmes lies with the Member States, while the Commission is backing them with policy advice and EU funding such as the European Social Fund.

Reducing the risk of poverty and social exclusion is one of the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. The Commission closely monitors the development of poverty, including child poverty, in the Member States. The recent mid-term review of the strategy took stock of developments and EU-actions to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, taking into account the financial, economic and social crisis(1). Furthermore, to better understand the risk of imbalances, in terms of unemployment, poverty, the Commission introduced a scoreboard of key employment and social indicators and strengthened the coordination of employment and social policies in the European semester, including as regards child poverty.

Upon Commission’s proposal the Parliament and the Council adopted the regulation(2) setting up the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived with an overall budget of EUR 3.4 billion (in 2011 prices) for the period 2014 to 2020. The Fund will support Member State schemes to alleviate the worst forms of poverty by providing the neediest, and in particular children, with food and/or basic material assistance, as well as social inclusion activities aiming at the social integration of the most deprived persons.

(2)Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11.3.2014 on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived, OJ L 72, 12.3.2014, p. 1.

OJ C 375, 22/10/2014
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