Source: European Parliament
Electricity and gas bills have increased considerably in recent months in many European countries and there is no sign of this stopping. What is more, the increase in energy prices has also triggered price rises for a wide range of staple products and basic services.
This means in effect that the incomes of Europeans belonging to vulnerable groups have fallen and is liable to plunge them into extreme poverty. In 2019, 21.1 % of the EU population – or 92.4 million people – were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
Bearing in mind that combating poverty and social exclusion is at the heart of the EU strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth:
what measures will the Commission bring forward to support the vulnerable groups affected by these recent price rises so as to prevent them falling into extreme poverty?