2010, European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion.
In March 2000, the Heads of State and Government pledged themselves to "making a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty" by the year 2010. Despite the efforts deployed, a significant proportion of the European population still lives in destitution and has no access to basic services such as health care. 2010 represented an opportunity to make policy changes that would have a real impact on combating inequalities and create a Europe free of poverty and social exclusion. NGOs therefore called for mobilisation at local, national, and European level.
at European level
The European Commission was responsible for the overall organisation of the European Year. Link to the European Commission website for the Year here.
…at national level
National Implementing Bodies have been appointed to coordinate the Year at national level.
During 2010 a whole range of events took place across Europe, organised by NGOs and the Member States. See what happened in your country!