Social Reporting of the European Union – Description of the Organization

  • Marleen De SmedtEmail author
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


One of the European Commission’s key tasks in the area of social affairs is the regular monitoring of the social situation and of the national policies in the EU. The focus on social development is also part of the European Union’s commitment to sustainable development. Over the recent decades, with the variety of social topics becoming broader, more robust and more detailed, the Commission has established a solid and transparent underlying knowledge-base which has led to establishing ‘indicator sets’, on employment, living conditions, income, education, health, social protection, crime, etc. In 2009, the Commission agreed on a new road map for a better measurement of progress of our societies, complementing GDP with additional indicators, such as indicators on quality of life and on wellbeing, on ‘environmental sustainability’ and on ‘household income, consumption and wealth’. The Europe2020 Strategy which the European Council adopted in 2010 includes five headline targets, inter alia on employment, education and reducing poverty. This article gives an overview of the Commission’s activities of social reporting and social statistics with examples of web-based dissemination and paper publications.


European Statistical System Europe2020 strategy Sustainable development Quality of life Social indicators Social reporting 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eurostat, European CommissionLuxembourgGr Duche Luxembourg

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