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Spreading information on the risks of drug use: a European challenge

August 29, 2014 Comments off

Spreading information on the risks of drug use: a European challenge
Source: Eurobarometer

Young Europeans are less informed about the effects and risks of drugs than just a few years ago. While they widely use the Internet to gather knowledge, a new Eurobarometer survey shows that compared to 2011, respondents are less likely to have received such information from most sources, in particular from media campaigns and school prevention programmes.

More than one quarter of young people (29%) say they have not been informed at all in the past year about the effects and risks of so-called legal highs – currently legal substances that imitate the effects of illegal drugs. This comes at a time when the number of young people saying they have used ‘legal highs’ has risen to 8%, from 5% in 2011.

More than 13,000 citizens aged 15-24 were interviewed for the Eurobarometer “Young People and Drugs” across the EU. Drug use and drug-related problems continue to be a major concern for EU citizens. They are also a significant public health and public safety issue. According to studies by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), drug experimentation often starts in the school years, and it is estimated that one in four 15-16 year-olds have used an illicit drug. In recent years, the use of ‘legal-highs’ has become increasingly popular, and the European Commission is working to strengthen the EU’s ability to protect young people by reducing the availability of harmful substances, as part of an overall drug policy regulatory framework

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Special Eurobarometer 408 – Social Climate

November 1, 2013 Comments off

Special Eurobarometer 408 – Social Climate (PDF)
Source: Eurobarometer

This report presents the results of the fifth in a series of Eurobarometer surveys intended to capture perceptions of the social climate. It examines 15 aspects relating to personal circumstances, the national picture and social protection and inclusion. How do Europeans judge the present situation, how does it compare with five years ago and what are their expectations over the next 12 months – will things improve, worsen or remain the same?

Quality of Life in European Cities

October 18, 2013 Comments off

Quality of Life in European Cities (PDF)
Source: Eurobarometer

Overall, there is a high level of satisfaction with regard to the cities in which respondents live.

  • In all except 8 cities (Athina, Athens surroundings, Napoli, Palermo, Miskolc, Marseille, Istanbul and Ostrava), at least 80% of respondents say that they are satisfied to be living in their city.
  • Aalborg (99%), Hamburg (98%), Zurich, Oslo, Kobenhavn and Groningen (all 97%) record the highest levels of satisfaction. By contrast, satisfaction is below 75% in Athina (52%), Athens surroundings (59%), Napoli (65%), Palermo (71%) and Miskolc (73%).
  • Satisfaction with cleanliness, green spaces and public spaces such as markets, squares and pedestrian zones, as well as the feeling of safety both in the city and in the respondent’s neighbourhood, are the features that show the highest correlation with the overall satisfaction of living in a city.
  • Respondents were not asked whether they were satisfied living in their city in the 2009 survey. Compared with 2006, however, the level of satisfaction is stable in most of the cities: in 66 cities there was no change exceeding three percentage points.

EU — The Single Market through the eyes of the people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns

September 28, 2011 Comments off

The Single Market through the eyes of the people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns
Source: Eurobarometer

European citizens are, in general, satisfied with the possibilities that the Single Market offers in terms of a bigger choice of products (74%), more jobs (52%) and fair competition (47%). On the other hand, the Single Market is perceived as only benefiting big companies (62%), worsening working conditions (51%) and not benefiting poor and disadvantaged people (53%). 28% of those interviewed are considering working abroad in the future. These are some of the key results in the latest Eurobarometer survey on the Single Market. They also show that many Europeans are not aware of the Single Market and its benefits (35%).

The European Commission has also compiled the 20 most frequently encountered problems faced by EU citizens and businesses when travelling, moving or working abroad. The report, which was requested in the Single Market Act (IP/11/469), deals with issues such as professional qualifications, social security, tax barriers, access to finance and on-line shopping, to name just a few.

+ Single Market through the lens of people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns

Special Eurobarometer: Right to move and reside freely in the EU and right to good administration are the most important citizens’ rights

July 11, 2011 Comments off

Special Eurobarometer: Right to move and reside freely in the EU and right to good administration are the most important citizens’ rights
Source: Eurobarometer

For 48% of European citizens, the right to move and reside freely in the European Union is the most important citizens’ right. The second most important right is the right to good administration by the EU institutions (33%), followed by the right to lodge complaints with the European Ombudsman (32%). These are among the results of a Special Eurobarometer on citizens’ rights and the performance of the EU administration, commissioned by the European Parliament and the Ombudsman and conducted by TNS Opinion & Social.

The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, commented: “The citizens’ right to move and reside freely in the EU is clearly one of the main achievements of European integration. The European Network of Ombudsmen has a key role to play in ensuring that citizens can exercise this right in practice. I am also encouraged to see that citizens consider the right to good administration and the right to lodge complaints with the European Ombudsman as very important. These responses strengthen the Ombudsman’s role as a crucial link between European citizens and the EU administration.”

85% lack sufficient information about the Charter of Fundamental Rights

72% of the respondents stated that they do not feel well informed about the Charter of Fundamental Rights. A further 13% have never even heard of the Charter.

42% not satisfied with transparency in the EU administration

According to the survey, 42% of European citizens are not satisfied with the level of transparency in the EU administration, while only 9% are satisfied. Their satisfaction with the effectiveness (35% not satisfied) and service mindedness (33% not satisfied) of the EU institutions is also low. However, the survey shows that the better people are informed about the EU, the more highly they rate the performance of the EU administration.

52% of respondents say the Ombudsman should ensure that citizens know their rights and how to use them

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Half of young Europeans ready to work abroad

May 16, 2011 Comments off

Half of young Europeans ready to work abroad
Source: Eurobarometer

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 53% of young people in Europe are willing or keen to work in another European country, but lack of cash discourages many of them from taking a first step towards this by spending part of their education abroad. The survey highlights a huge gap between the widespread desire of young people to work abroad and actual workforce mobility: less than 3% of Europe’s working population currently lives outside their home country. The survey, conducted in the context of the Commission’s ‘Youth on the Move’ strategy, is published on the eve of the 2011 European Youth Week (15-21 May).

+ Flash Eurobarometer on Youth on the Move
+ Flash Eurobarometer Surveys (full reports)

EU — Consumers’ awareness and skills worryingly low, survey finds

April 12, 2011 Comments off

Consumers’ awareness and skills worryingly low, survey finds
Source: Eurobarometer

According to a Eurobarometer study published today on the occasion of the 2011 European Consumer Summit, less than 50% of EU consumers surveyed felt confident, knowledgeable and protected as consumers. Empowered consumers find it easy to identify the best offer, know their rights and seek redress when things go wrong. Vulnerable consumers find it hard to understand the choices they face, don’t know their rights, suffer more problems and are unwilling to act when things go wrong. Detriment reported by consumers is estimated at around 0.4% of EU GDP with more than one fifth of EU consumers reporting a problem in the previous 12 months. Although most consumers do complain to retailers, most of those who do not get a satisfactory response take no further action. Significant numbers of consumers have problems making everyday calculations, understanding key information and in recognizing illegal sales practices or knowing their rights. A majority of respondents did not know their right to return, have repaired or replaced a faulty product.

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