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Urban Audit, European Commission, 2010

Initiated by Directorate-General for Regional Policy, the European Urban Audit involves 27 National Statistical Offices working together under Eurostat coordination. Data are collected on more than 300 variables describing the quality of life in 300 European cities. Based on this unique data collection, a report has been produced. Complementary information has also been gathered through a survey on how inhabitants perceive quality of life in their city.

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Eurostat, European Commission, 2011

Access to good quality and affordable accommodation is a fundamental need and a right. But meeting this need is still a significant challenge in a number of European Union countries. Poor housing conditions point to a risk of poverty and social exclusion. In 2009, 6.0 % of the EU population suffered from severe housing deprivation (see methodological notes). The most frequent problems were noise from the neighbourhood (22.2 %), overcrowding (17.8 %) and pollution, grime or other environmental problems (16.5 %). In addition, 12.2 % of people in the EU lived in households affected by high housing costs.

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