In an article published by The Parliament Magazine, in the context of the adoption of the new strategic agenda by the European Council, Heather Roy, Secretary General of Eurodiaconia, warns that with the EU 2020 poverty reduction target far from being reached, Europe needs to focus on inclusive growth. The number of EU citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion has risen by four million, yet the adopted strategic agenda by the European council “moves away from a direct reduction of poverty to focus on a very general statement on the empowerment and protection of citizens and the need for societies to have safety nets.”

Heather Roy argues that “if the strategic agenda is to succeed in giving a true direction to Europe and not to be replaced by another agenda in five years, it has to be bolder in offering a concrete path for the European Union to ensure the well-being of all people living in the EU.”

You can read the full article here.