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European Commission - Statement

Statement by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on new Eurostat quality of life flagship report

Brussels, 01 June 2015

I welcome the launch of Eurostat's flagship report on quality of life data. It is the first time that Eurostat collects information for all EU Member States about different dimensions of quality of life. These new statistics on material living conditions, employment, education, health, leisure, safety, rights, the environment and life satisfaction will complement traditional economic indicators such as GDP to measure social progress in society. Citizens care about their quality of life so there is a clear added-value to complementing GDP data with statistics that can give a better picture of what people value in their daily lives. Well-being is determined amongst others by an appropriate level of income, having access to good quality jobs, education and social support. I believe this comprehensive set of new data can help us deliver better tailored policies to improve the overall life satisfaction of Europeans.

For more information: Eurostat report flagship report on quality of life


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