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European Citizens’ Agora

February 3rd 2011

The 3rd Citizens’ Agora focused on the relationship between the current economic and financial crisis and poverty.

The 3rd Annual Citizens Agora focused on the relationship between the current economic and financial crisis and poverty, and was linked with the 2010 European Year against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The Citizens Agora was hosted by the European Parliament, in association with the European Economic and Social Committee, on the 27-28 January 2011.

The Agora created a space in which of both Civil Society and the European Institutions could develop a mutual dialogue on the realities of poverty. A set of three parallel workshops generated discussion around the topics of: the economic and financial crisis and new forms of poverty; the impact of the economic and financial crises on migration flows and integration processes and the economic and financial crisis: access to a decent and sustainable way of life for persons in situation of precariousness - challenges for the European model of society.

The over arching conclusions of the workshops point to the fact ‘social exclusion and the new forms of poverty are some of the most serious problems that the EU has to face today’ and called on the key EU actors to make the citizen central across their policies’.
For Further Information on the Agora:

Citizens’ Agora webpage

EP press release on the Agora