Cyprus “is at the bottom of the list in spending on support measures for vulnerable social groups, including the disabled, as well as in spending on social protection for the family and children, since the specific spending is significantly below the EU average, said the President of the Parliamentary Committee of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, Andreas Kavkalias in the framework of the work of the European Parliamentary Week, in Brussels, citing data from the European Statistical Service.
According to an announcement by the Parliament, Mr. Kavkalias, in his intervention referring to the case of Cyprus, also reminded that “the Eurobarometer of December 2023 records, among other things, as dominant issues that concern workers the incomplete inclusion of young people and women in the labor market, the increasing gender employment gap and the very high percentage of young people not in employment, education and training.
The Cypriot MP said that the Eurobarometer for Cyprus “reveals alarming data” i.e. “the inclusion of per capita gross disposable income of households below 2008 levels and the risk of poverty or social exclusion, which rose to 16.7% in 2022, with women and young people to be permanently disadvantaged”.
He noted that “the asymmetric effects of the growing socio-economic challenges in the EU, on inflation, debt and the cost of living, as well as the further deregulation of the labor market and the weakening of the position of workers , highlight the urgent need to achieve upward social convergence and to proactively address both income inequalities and citizens' unequal and inadequate access to education, health care and housing.”
Concluding, Mr. Kavkalias said that “achieving surplus budgets should not come at the expense of the real economy or sustainable and inclusive development but on the contrary, the budget should be used to the best possible extent by national governments to bridge of the inequality gap caused by the asymmetric effects of the crisis”.