Brussels, November 18, 2019 (COMECE / Caritas Europa) On the occasion of the third World Day of the Poor, celebrated on Sunday, November 17 , the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and Caritas Europa launched a video campaign encouraging the EU and the Member States to put an end poverty.

 

In a series of videos posted online, the General Secretaries of COMECE and Caritas Europa, respectively Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto and Maria Nyman, address their recommendations to the EU institutions.

 

The video messages focus on three topics: a dialogue between policymakers and people who are poor and their representatives (organisations such as Caritas Europa and others), policy tools for the well-being of children, and the necessity to improve working conditions and eliminate in-work poverty.

 

According to recent statistics, nearly a fifth of the population in the European Union live in poverty or at risk of poverty. Unemployment, adverse economic and working conditions, especially among young people, affect millions of families, who are denied a fair and just remuneration that would allow them to live in dignity.

 

The videos are available on the COMECE YouTube channel

 

The joint press release is available here.