According to Eurostat figures, the percentage of persons experiencing serious material deprivation in Greece and Cyprus is 21.1% and 11.7%, respectively — in both cases, many times higher than the EU average. On the basis of these Eurostat figures, some 33 million people in the EU, i.e. 6.7% of the population, face serious material deprivation.
Serious material deprivation, as identified by Eurostat, means that citizens cannot pay their bills, and cannot afford at least four of the following: domestic heating, unexpected expenses, meat (or fish), one-day breaks away from home, a TV, a washing machine, a car or a telephone.
The Memorandum-driven, antisocial, liberal policies implemented in both countries have led ordinary people to the brink of poverty, creating growth only for the benefit of the corporate interests.
Will the Commission say:
What steps will it take to reduce poverty in Greece and Cyprus?
Does it believe that the fiscal policies which those two countries have implemented at its behest are responsible for the specific inequalities described above? And if so, will it propose new policies that meet the needs of the States in question?