Press Release

In times of crisis, we cannot forget about human rights

, 18.04.2013 - 11:46
hands - handshake

"While focusing on how to ensure economic recovery, the EU cannot forget about the 1.2 billion people in the world who are living in extreme poverty on less than 1 US Dollar a day", said Inese Vaidere MEP, after the European Parliament adopted her Report on 'The Impact of the Financial and Economic Crisis on Human Rights'.

"It is really the developing countries who are suffering most from the crisis: their exports are shrinking, they are highly indebted, there is a risk of reduced foreign direct investments and declining Official Development Assistance. All this leads to difficulties in the realisation of human rights", said Inese Vaidere, EPP Group Coordinator in the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament.

Vaidere emphasised that it will not be possible to solve human rights problems without sustainable and inclusive economic growth and mutually beneficial trade relations. "I encourage developing countries to take advantage of trade preferences given by the EU within the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) framework. Moreover, EU trade agreements with partner countries should not only promote trade and investment, but also contribute to the fulfilment of human rights. Therefore, the EU must guarantee proper monitoring and practical enforcement of the human rights clause."

"We have to empower people to generate more income. We need concrete solutions. It is appalling that globally 1.3 billion people still have no access to electricity. Access to energy, in particular electricity, would help reduce poverty, improve productivity, generate greater income and micro-enterprise development etc", emphasised Inese Vaidere.

"My biggest worry is for the most vulnerable groups in society, such as children, women, and elderly people. They should be at the forefront of policy responses", stressed Ms Vaidere. The Report suggests strengthening social protection systems in the developing countries through a Global Fund for Social Protection, an initiative by UN Special Rapporteurs on extreme poverty and on the right to food. It also supports the global introduction of a financial transaction tax, which can be an innovative financing mechanism for development, ultimately contributing to the fulfilment of economic and social rights.

Note to Editors
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 269 Members and 3 Croatian Observer Members.

MEP Contacts

BRU - Phone: +32 (0)2 2845424 Fax: +32 (0)2 2849424

Press Contacts

Girts Salmgriezis
Press Officer on Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and Latvian Media
Phone: +32 477 800 343


16.07.2018 - 18:15


The summer holidays have started! Which EU country are you going to visit this summer? Did you know that your holidays may be less hassle...
Ensuring that consumers have the same quality of product across the EU
12.07.2018 - 12:00

Ensuring that consumers have the same quality of product across the EU

Last year, it emerged that there were differences in the quality of food and non-food products being sold in different EU countries between, for...
Back lit money bags with euro symbol in vault
12.07.2018 - 10:37

EPP Group wants independent Monetary Fund under Union law

The EPP Group wants the planned European Monetary Fund (EMF) to be independent and integrated into Union law. "The European Stability...
Woman checking food labelling
12.07.2018 - 09:50

Dual quality of products

Products sold under the same brand name must have the same composition throughout the EU - this is the key message from the EPP Group’s Ivan...

Highlights of the week

09.07.2018 - 13.07.2018
Cloud computing security

More muscle to combat threats to our networks

As threats to our vital networks and information structures are rising, we need to strengthen our ability to prevent, detect and respond to problems...
Happy family with child and shopping bags in city

Better work-life balance for parents and carers

On Wednesday afternoon, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee will vote on the legislative draft Report establishing a better work-life balance...
Human Hand Holding The New Apple Tv Siri Remote

New audiovisual media rules

Members of the Culture and Education Committee will endorse the political agreement reached on the reform of the EU legislation on Audiovisual Media...
Viviane Reding MEP