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Europeans express a negative view of social protection and inclusion in their countries

[Brussels, 20 October 2011] In June 2011, a Survey on the EU’s social climate was undertaken at the request of the EC’s Directorate-General Employment. The results of this Eurobarometer were published on 17 October.

It concludes that although citizens across Europe are relatively satisfied with their personal situation (especially in Nordic and Western European countries) they are more pessimistic about the general and economic situation in their countires.

Furthermore, Europeans are almost always negative about social protection and inclusion in their countries, but are optimistic about improvement in these areas.

It is no surprise that Greece and Portugal were among those countries which recorded overall low perception scores.

The third Special Eurobarometer on the social climate follows two previous surveys in 2009 and 2010. Its objective is to monitor European citizens’ perceptions of their well-being in the 27 EU Member States.

See the results of the Eurobarometer here: http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_370_en.pdf

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