Improving quality of life in Europe – Sharing data to shape better policies:New results for the EU candidate countries from the European Quality of Life Survey 2016

On 26 June 2018, Eurofound will bring together up to 60 representatives of public authorities at European, national and regional level, trade unions, business, academia and civil society from the EU candidate countries – Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey – to take part in a one-day seminar: “Improving quality of life in Europe – Sharing data to shape better policies”.

The seminar will draw on Eurofound’s recent European Quality of Life Survey and will provide a first opportunity to discuss the findings on life and society in the EU candidate countries. The survey results in the candidate countries provide new data to complement existing social statistics.

The survey shows results in three key areas: quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. For the EU28 since the 2011 survey, levels of optimism are up, satisfaction with living standards has increased and some other quality of life indicators are back to pre-crisis levels in many countries. Nevertheless, persistent inequalities and rising uncertainties remain, for example, in perceived social exclusion, and people with lower income report less improvement in the quality of public services. Particular differences are apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.

The European Quality of Life Survey is a unique pan-European survey that examines the circumstances of European citizens’ lives in relation to both individual well-being and quality of society and public services. It includes topics such as health, housing, family and work-life balance, as well as trust, participation in society, social exclusion and societal tensions.The latest data from the 2016 round are available via the EQLS data explorer. Previous findings (2012) in the Third European Quality of Life Survey also cover Quality of life in enlargement countries.