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Brussels, 5th May 2010
New survey reveals wide differences in how European citizens view quality of life in their cities
The European Commission today releases the results of a Eurobarometer opinion poll looking at how citizens view the quality of life in 75 major European cities. In these challenging economic times, availability of jobs and housing costs remain dominant concerns. Although responses reveal wide disparities overall, the level of service for transport, heath and education generally scores well. The wealth of information provided by the survey is not only useful for city planners and decision-makers, but also for citizens who would like to know which cities are seen as good places to live.
Commenting on these results, Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of Regional Policy said: "A vast majority of our citizens lives in cities. I have already indicated that for this reason I want to give urban policy an extra impetus. This survey is very useful l to help us better target investment in our cities. It is crucial to measure where citizens feel there has been progress and where there is room for improvement. Our approach towards cities, which focuses on all the different fields that matter, like environment, transport and energy, allows us to give the best respones to the complex mix of challenges in our cities."
The main findings of the survey include:
Health care, transport, jobs and housing
Pollution, fight against climate change
Poverty, security and trust
Immigration, presence of foreigners
This year's survey also looks at satisfaction with public spaces (such as markets, squares and pedestrian areas) and possibilities for outdoor recreation (such as walking and cycling). A vast majority of city dwellers are satisfied with these services: Oulu (FI), Helsinki (FI), Groningen (NL), Cardiff (UK) stand out in this category.
Note for editors
The survey was conducted between October and November 2009 in 75 cities across the European Union, as well as in Croatia and Turkey. All capital cities were included. 500 randomly selected citizens were interviewed in each city.
Previous surveys of this type were conducted by the European Commission in 2004 and 2006 (IP/07/1177). These surveys allow for comparisons between perception and "real" data from various statistical sources on issues such as urban safety, unemployment and air quality available through the urban audit.
Under cohesion policy 2007-13, €30 billion across the EU is targeted at specific measures to promote urban development.
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