EU ARE BEING SCREWED; Study Shows Social Policy Leaves Ireland's Young among Poorest in Europe
Byline: JAMES WARD
EUROPE'S youth are being left behind by the EU's harsh economic policies, a report has warned.
A study by Social Justice Ireland, which focuses on the seven member states worst affected by the economic crisis, has found worrying levels of poverty and deprivation.
Cuts to social policies in Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania are having a devastating impact on people, the report found.
Director of Social Justice Ireland, Dr Sean Healy, said: "The prioritisation by the EU and its Member States of economic policies at the expense of social policies during the current crisis is having a devastating impact on people, especially in the seven countries worst hit.
"The failure of the EU and its Member States to provide concrete support on the scale required to assist those experiencing difficulties, to pp ex pr an to protect essential public services and create employment, is likely to prolong the crisis."
The study strongly challenges current official attempts to c suggest the worst of the economic crisis is over.
It found Ireland has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment and of people not in employment, education or training in the EU. …