The European Commission published a Eurobarometer survey on social climate in the EU. The impact of the financial and economic crisis is still being felt, with bouts of speculation in relation to various Member States. In addition to this, there are been a renewed focus on environmental problems, resource use and associated impact upon utility costs and people's individual financial situations.
Speaking ahead of the EU Poverty Convention, Laszlo Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion commented on the survey saying: "The European Union is going through particularly challenging times with hard choices and priority shifts that influence people's everyday life." He stressed how the survey results highlighted the growing gap between countries compared to 2010, with the situation in wealthier countries improving and the countries at the bottom of the scale worsening. He added: "Putting growth, employment and social cohesion on an equal footing is vital for Europe's recovery because achieving real prosperity also means taking well-being into account when measuring our progress". Europeans' perception about the general situation in their countries is, overall, much more pessimistic than that of their personal situation. However, optimism that things will improve in the next twelve months has progressed since the previous survey, with positive evolutions in many scores. The trend towards an improved perception in terms of social protection and inclusion in the near future is clear.
The special Eurobarometer survey on social change in available here
To access its summary, click here