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Romania ranks last in EU living standard, risk of poverty 41 percent

The living standard in Romania places the country on the last position in the European Union, while the risk of poverty is the highest in the region, next to Bulgaria's, European Institute of Romania (IER) Director General Gabriela Dragan said at a specialized debate on Friday.

'Better Life Index is a study with 11 classification categories. At EU level there is a definite preoccupation for the quality of life. The living standard in Romania places us last in the EU countries ranking, next to Bulgaria. Moreover, the risk of poverty is 41 percent in Romania, similar to Bulgaria's, according to statistic indicators , equivalent to the lowest ranking among the member states,' Dragan mentioned.

According to her, Romania falls into the second tier out of four in terms of living standards, namely 'Good condition.'

'The issue of quality of life is not new, and it is a matter of concern for political decision makers. Is it good enough to consider only the GDP per capita? We say it isn't. Romania is classified in the second of the four tiers, namely ‘Good condition', according to UNDP [the United Nations Development Programme], the IER director pointed out.

On Friday, the European Parliament Information Office in Romania and the Europe Direct Information Center in Bucharest hosted a debate on the impact of European laws and especially of the EP activity. The event took place in the context of the elections for the EP, scheduled in Romania on May 25, and of the institutional campaign for citizens' information on the importance of voting.