Many ways, one objective: annual report of the Social Protection Committee on the social situation in the European Union (2013)
This edition of the annual review of the social situation in the European Union (EU) delivers on the core Treaty task of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) to monitor the social situation in the Member States and the European Union (art. 160 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The SPC is an advisory policy Committee which provides representative forum for multilateral social policy coordination, dialogue and cooperation at EU level. It brings together policy makers from all EU Member States and the Commission in an effort to identify, discuss and implement the policy... mix that is most fitted to respond to the various challenges faced by social policies. It uses the social open method of coordination as the main policy framework combining all major social policy strands: social inclusion, pensions, health and long-term care. This year's report on the social situation shows worsening developments, especially in some Member States. The latest figures on living and income conditions in the EU show that the EU is not making any progress towards achieving its Europe 2020 poverty and social exclusion target of lifting at least 20 million people from poverty and social exclusion by 2020. There are 6,7 million more people living in poverty or social exclusion since 2008, a total of 124.2 million people for the EU28 or close to 1 in 4 Europeans in 2012. Poverty and social exclusion has increased in more than 1/3 of the Member States in both 2011 and 2012.