Events
Poverty Maps and Shared Prosperity
March 4, 2014European Commission Representation in Romania premises, located in UTI building, 1st Floor, 31 Vasile Lascar St., Bucharest Romania.

The World Bank Romania Country Office and the European Commission Representation in Romania are organizing the “Poverty Maps and Shared Prosperity” event on March 4, 2014, at 4:00 pm. The event will take place at the European Commission Representation in Romania premises, located in UTI building, 1st Floor, 31 Vasile Lascar St., Bucharest Romania.

This event aims to present the findings of a project named “Poverty Maps” and to host a debate on poverty reduction instruments in Romania and shared prosperity. The project, undergone by the World Bank, with support of the European Commission, was intended to develop instruments that could support the improvement of the allocation of EU and national resources for poverty reduction in the new EU member states. 

Please note that the number of participants is limited. To confirm attendance, contact Alexandra Calin, acalin@worldbank.org, by February 28.


  • According to the latest data from Eurostat, more than 124 million people in the European Union—almost 25 percent of EU citizens—are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Romania has the EU’s second-highest rate of risk poverty or social exclusion, affecting 41.7 percent of the population. One of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy is to reduce the number of people living at risk of poverty or social exclusion by 20 million by the year 2020. To help reach this EU-wide target, the Government of Romania has set a national target of reducing the number of poor and socially excluded by 580,000 people. Since the adoption of the Europe 2020 strategy in June 2010 the total number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in the EU has increased. In Romania, the number of poor or socially excluded fell rapidly before the onset of the economic crisis in 2008, but has remained fairly steady at 8.9 million people since then.