EU leaders urged to commit to ending homelessness by 2030 at Porto Social summit

The letter’s signatories, which include MEPs, mayors, NGOs and Committee of the Regions members, described homelessness as “an extreme form of poverty” and a “violation of human rights” that cannot be “tolerated” or “ignored” in the EU. [Shutterstock/Srdjan Randjelovic]

More than a hundred European personalities urged several European leaders in an open letter published Friday to commit to ending homelessness in the EU by 2030 when they meet at the Porto Social Summit which is set to take place on 7 May.

The letter’s signatories, which include MEPs, mayors, NGOs and Committee of the Regions members, described homelessness as “an extreme form of poverty” and a “violation of human rights” that cannot be “tolerated” or “ignored” in the EU.

Among the Portuguese presidency’s main priorities is the approval of the European Pillar of Social Rights’s action plan presented by the European Commission in March.

The plan hopes to have at least 78% of the EU’s population employed by 2030, as well as 15 million fewer people at risk of poverty and 60% of European adults participating in annual training activities by that date.

At the Porto Social Summit, Portugal wants a programme with concrete based on the European Social Pillar, a non-binding text of 20 principles aimed at promoting social rights in Europe, proclaimed by EU leaders in 2017 at the previous European Social Summit in Gothenburg.

(Tiago Almeida, Lusa.pt)

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