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Measuring and monitoring poverty and social exclusion at EU level - Some key issues and some new challenges related to Europe 2020


This talk will explain the process of agreeing the EU indicators of poverty and social exclusion that are used by the 27 EU Member States in their national social reporting to the EU and by the European Commission. In doing so, it will examine both the institutional/political process that lead to the agreement and the methodological criteria that are used to select the indicators. The presentation will then discuss in more detail some of the EU indicators, especially the income poverty and material deprivation indicators. The final part of the presentation will focus on the “Europe 2020 Strategy” agreed upon by EU leaders in June 2010, and in particular the Europe 2020 social inclusion target of reducing by 2020 the number of people in the EU who are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Erich Marlier
Short bio: 

Eric Marlier is the International Scientific Coordinator of the CEPS/INSTEAD Research Institute, in Luxembourg ( His main research activities include: comparative social indicators, social monitoring, international socio-economic analysis (especially on income and living conditions), EU cooperation in the field of social protection and social inclusion policies, and also the implementation of international social surveys and attitudinal surveys. He has written widely on comparative socio-economic analysis, social indicators and social policy monitoring.

02 December 2011 - 17:00

Faculty of Sociology - Aula Kessler - Via Verdi 26 - Trento