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(21 January 2020) - In 2018, almost 7% of EU households had been unable to pay utility bills (heating, electricity, gas, water, etc.) on time, due to financial difficulties.

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However, this share has fallen steadily in the EU as a whole, from over 10% of households in 2013.

In the EU, just below 14% of households consisting of a single adult with dependent children faced such difficulties in 2018, compared to less than 3% of households consisting of two adults (with at least one of them 65 years or older). Among households with two or three adults and dependent children, this share was around 11%.

In 2018, more than a third of households in Greece (36%) had experienced problems paying their utility bills on time during the last 12 months, with many households facing such problems also in Bulgaria (30%). In contrast, few households had been unable to pay on time in the Netherlands, Czechia, Sweden and Austria (all around 2%).

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