ER Editor: What this article fails to take into account on the economic level is the disastrous lockdown policy of the PLANdemic, which led to a wealth transfer of over a TRILLION dollars from the working and middle classes to the corporate elites affecting many otherwise prosperous countries. See these two 2021 reports:
Eurostat: 8.3% of Europeans cannot afford a decent meal every other day
Trina Banderas, France-Soir
FOURTH WORLD – Nearly a tenth of Europeans do not eat “decently” according to the standards of the European Commission. The results reveal an increasingly precarious situation for people living in poverty across the EU.
According to data just published by Eurostat, 8.3% of the population cannot afford a meal containing meat or fish every other day, one point more than in 2021, and one and a half points more than in 2019.
Of all the countries, Romania is the most affected by this situation since 22.1% of its total population does not have access to an adequate meal every other day, followed by Bulgaria (21.6%), Slovakia (15.6%) and Hungary (13.9%). Conversely, the countries with the lowest rates are Ireland (1.4%), Cyprus (1.5%) and the Netherlands (2.1%). Spain, meanwhile, remains below the European average with 5.4%, or 0.7 points more than in 2021.
More families in a precarious situation
By age group and by family situation, the percentage of people who cannot feed themselves properly is found in single-parent families with one child (7.4%), single people under 65 (7.5%) and especially in households of two adults with three or more dependent children (8.6%).
The data provided by the statistical office of the European Commission on the poor diet of families considered to have reached the poverty line (income below 60% of the average wage) show even more marked differences.
In this case, Bulgaria (44.6%), Romania (43%) and Slovakia (40.5%) show the highest rates, but the percentage increases worryingly in other countries such as Germany (24%), France (24.5%) or Greece (32.3%). Spain remains at 12.7%, below the EU average (19.7%).
2020 strategy failure
The European Commission introduced, in the 2020 strategy, the common objective of reducing by 25% the number of Europeans living below the national poverty line and of lifting more than 20 million people out of social exclusion by 2020.
After failing in its attempts, Brussels urged countries to reach 15 million people (including 5 million children) by 2030 at the latest under the action plan on the European pillar of social rights.
The war in Ukraine significantly affected food markets last year. Annual inflation in the EU has reached its highest level, with an average increase of 11.9% in the price of food and non-alcoholic drinks in the EU.
Consumer groups say supermarkets have also raised prices to pass on higher production costs to consumers. Many EU Member States saw record numbers of people seeking food banks in 2022.
Featured image source, Eurostat: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-eurostat-news/w/ddn-20230710-1#:~:text=In%202022%2C%208.3%25%20of%20the,than%20in%202021%20(17.5%25).
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