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Parliamentary questions
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3 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Demetris Papadakis
 Subject: Commission report on Cyprus: Poverty for workers on subsistence wages

According to a Commission report on Cyprus, the problem of poverty and workers on subsistence wages is becoming increasingly serious.

The report notes that despite an improvement in poverty indicators compared to previous years, poverty has become worse in 2018 (from 15.1% to 18.6%) with more and more poor people moving further below the poverty threshold.

Regarding employment, it notes that, despite an increase in employment, one in five young people (20.2%) is unemployed and/or inactive, due to a lack of employment opportunities for higher education graduates, low participation rates in vocational education and training and difficulties in making the transition from school to work.

Finally, the Commission notes that despite the growth of the economy, real gross disposable income per household remains below the 2008 level and is still around 15% below the EU average.

In the light of the above, will the Commission say:

What measures will it take to combat poverty so that Cyprus can benefit and address poverty, particularly among young people?

Original language of question: EL
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