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Parliamentary questions
7 April 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Claudette Abela Baldacchino (S&D)

 Subject:  Rise in child poverty and malnutrition due to austerity measures

Statistics recently published confirmed that across the EU-28, 19% of children are at risk of poverty. 15% of children who leave formal education do so without completing secondary education. The figures also suggest that the youth unemployment rate is about twice the average unemployment rate and there are communities where joblessness is the norm. The main groups of children who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion are children in lone-parent families, children who are brought up in large families, children whose parents or carers are unemployed, children of ethnic minorities and the disabled.

The rise in child poverty in various Member States was also investigated by Unicef, who, in a report entitled ‘Child Well-being in Rich Countries: A comparative overview’ which focused on the Spanish situation, concluded that the worsening socioeconomic conditions were the result of the imposed austerity measures.

1. Can the Commission provide the latest figures on the number of children in the EU-28 who are considered to be poor or at risk of poverty?

2. What steps are being taken to prevent the rise of child poverty and malnutrition in those countries where the Troika imposed austerity measures?

3. What steps are being taken to help European families who are currently facing financial difficulties owing to the economic crisis?

 OJ C 375, 22/10/2014
Last updated: 28 April 2014Legal notice