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Council Conclusions on common active inclusion principles to combat poverty more effectively

The Council emphasises that active inclusion is not a single-model approach. With due regard for the principle of subsidiarity and on the basis of the common principles, the Member States shall define the level of adequate income support and the policy mix best adapted to the needs identified at local, regional and national level.

Active inclusion should promote gender equality and equal opportunity, as an essential pre-condition for reducing poverty, and support the implementation of fundamental rights and increase territorial cohesion.

The specific situation of vulnerable groups and of persons with multiple disadvantages should be addressed. Policies should be consistent with a lifecycle approach in order to support intergenerational solidarity and break the intergeneration transmission of poverty;

For the purpose of combating job insecurity and staying in employment, it is essential to provide access to lifelong vocational training, qualifications, career prospects and good working conditions which guarantee a decent job, comply with health and safety regulations and favour conciliation between work and family life

Reference: 2916th Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting, 17 December 2008

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