25 November 2020 – 29 January 2021
Press release: EU needs to reinvent itself to win fight against poverty
The European Union must boldly rethink its socio-economic governance if it is to live up to its commitment to eradicate poverty, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said at the end of an official visit to the EU’s institutions on Friday.
Media advisory: UN human rights expert to assess impact of EU policy on poverty
The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter, will examine the impact of the European Union’s policies on the eradication of poverty in the region during a mission to EU institutions beginning 25 November.
“The European Union represents a beacon of hope for many,” said De Schutter. “It is the most equal region in the world. Taken as a whole, trends for social indicators for the EU-27 have consistently improved over the past ten years.”
Call for Submissions
The Special Rapporteur invites all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the priority issues listed above to assist him in preparing for the visit.
EU visit’s schedule
During his visit, the Special Rapporteur met with representatives of more than 50 institutions and organizations, including people affected by poverty, trade unions, civil society, city representatives, and officials from EU institutions and Member State governments.