Samstag, 5. Oktober 2013
European social model is more important than ever
Eurofound's research shows that there is no inherent trade-off between a fair and a competitive society. In an an op-ed published on euractiv.com, the EU news and policy debate platform, Eurofound's Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés argues that the European social model is more important than ever. “Expectations about the quality of life at a later age are increasing with more people wanting to lead their lives actively, with dignity and independently in their community. Meeting citizens’ expectations with regard to quality and accessibility of services in times of scarce public funds is a major challenge. It must be addressed, not only because quality of health and social services is clearly related to the subjective well-being of European citizens – as analysis of data from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey shows. The survey also reveals that citizens’ satisfaction with the quality of public services is the most important determinant of their level of trust in government.”
For more information on quality of life, citizens and public services, see a selection of resources from Eurofound and others.