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Unformatted text preview: Survey on perception of quality of life in 75 European cities EN Flash Eurobarometer March 2010 Foreword Cities are the vibrating pulse of our society. Since 1998, we have been working with Member States on collecting statistical data that will give us means of comparing Europes cities. The survey results you will find in the following pages usefully complement these quantitative data. As in 2004 and in 2007, the inhabitants interviewed were given the opportunity to express their views on the quality of life in their home city. The survey was carried out in 75 cities and shows that, on the whole, citizens are satisfied with the quality of a number of services, in particular in the areas of transport, health and cultural facilities. The quality of public spaces and green areas also meets with general satisfaction. But there are some less positive aspects. In many cities citizens believe it is difficult to find a job or affordable housing. A majority of inhabitants consider poverty as a problem in their home city. These findings can be attributed to the present crisis as people start to really feel the repercussions. Many towns are facing increasing social polarisation. They are marked by social divisions that are bringing about geographical imbalances. These problems have a clear impact on the well-being of citizens. This survey also enables us to measure variations in the extent to which citizens are aware of issues linked to climate change. Some towns are apparently more advanced than others. I also note the serious concerns expressed by European citizens on questions of air and noise pollution. This complex mix of challenges confirms the need to act on several fronts as part of an integrated urban approach that alone can guarantee sustainable towns. In arriving at viable solutions there is a need to combine investment in infrastructure (transport, housing, centres of learning, cultural facilities), measures to aid socio-economic development (such as aid to small and medium-sized enterprises, urban regeneration) and measures that promote social inclusion. For me, this is the occasion to stress that European cohesion policy offers a favourable framework for tackling all these challenges simultaneously and for best meeting the needs of Europes citizens. Johannes Hahn European Commissioner responsible for regional policy EUROPEAN COMMISSION DIRECTORATE-GENERAL REGIONAL POLICY Policy development Urban development, territorial cohesion Survey on perceptions of quality of life in 75 European cities March 2010 Fieldwork: November 2009 page 1 The content of this brochure does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the institutions of the European Union. This survey has been contracted to Gallup-Hungary in the context of a Framework Contract with the Directorate-General Communication (European Commission)....
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