Why is it so hard to reach the EU’s ‘poverty’ target?

Author
Zsolt Darvus
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Bruegel
Abstract
The ‘poverty’ target set by the European Commission aims to lift “over 20 million people out of poverty” between 2008 and 2020 in the EU27. Progress to date against this target has been disappointing. Why is it so hard to reach the Europe 2020 ‘poverty’ target? What does the poverty indicator actually measure?
Topic
Economics, International Political Economy, International Trade and Finance, Poverty
Political Geography
Europe