Publication of the results of a survey on the quality of life in European citiesOctober 10, 2013
Funding Scheme: 2013-10-10
Pgm2014 2020: Yes
An Eurobarometer survey on the perception of quality of life in European cities is conducted every three years. This year, this survey is based on 79 cities and 41 000 urban dwellerss rated their satisfaction with various aspects of urban life.
The survey found:
As in 2009, healthcare, employment, education and training are the issues most people want their cities to deal with above all.The survey suggests citizens in most European cities feel finding a job is hard. Only in 9 cities did a majority of citizens say it is easy to find employment. Compared with 2009 this job insecurity has increased significantly, though in some cities the outlook has become more positive.In 50 cities, at least one person in two disagrees that it is easy to find good housing at a reasonable price.The survey also records a low satisfaction with schools and educational institutions in many capitals.On a more positive note the survey finds that in all but 5 of the cities surveyed, a majority of the respondents agree with the statement that the presence of foreigners is good for the city and that foreigners are well integrated.There are wide disparities between cities on how people assess the quality of public transport, health care services, or their personal financial situation.High satisfaction with public spaces, green areas, cleanliness and feeling safe seems closely linked with the overall satisfaction felt by people about in their city. When asked if they are “satisfied” living in their own cities, a majority – at least 80% in 71 cities – said they were.The survey also suggests that more people than in previous surveys think their cities are active when it comes to fighting climate change. This is particularly the case in capital cities.
The “Quality of Life in European Cities” survey will be formally launched later today during OPEN DAYS 2013 in Brussels – a four-day event focusing on the EU’s future regional and urban policy.
EU Regional and Urban Policy will give better support to cities in 2014-2020. Currently nearly 40% of the European Regional Development Fund is invested in cities. Depending on the priorities of Member States, this is expected to grow. On top of this, in the next period EU countries should promote investments that combine different kinds of actions to tackle the particular economic, environmental, climate and social challenges of urban areas. At least 5% should be set aside by Member States for this type of integrated approach.
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