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POVERTY is something we cannot afford, according to the European Commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion.

Claims by European Commission Vice President Olli Rehn that Ireland’s bailout agreement is working have been challenged by Social Justice Ireland.  There is clear evidence that the bailout is not working.   According to the Government’s own statistics the number employed is falling, poverty is rising even though the poverty line is lower than it was, unemployment is stuck at record high levels, inequality is growing, services in areas such as health, housing and public

Social and environmental organisations have reacted angrily to claims by the European Commission that they "broadly support" draft plans for the EU's Strategy 2020.  This overview misrepresents the views of major networks of organisations working with those who are poor and excluded across the EU.

The European Commission's strategy for the EU until 2020 is deeply flawed and would not be acceptable under any circumstances as a meaningful basis on which to proceed to articulate a vision to guide the EU in the coming decade.

The worst economic and financial crisis in decades has hit Europe hard with a sharp economic 
contraction. The unemployment rate is set to rise to double digit figures in 2010, a level not 
seen for a decade. 
 
Collective action to save the financial system and to boost demand and confidence through 
public intervention has helped to prevent an economic meltdown. However, the crisis has 
weakened our resilience. The EU now needs to make a stronger effort to work together to 

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