June 2016


The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, in collaboration with the Social Progress Imperative and Orkestra (a research institute on competitiveness in the Basque region), is in the process of developing a Regional Social Progress Index (EU-SPI).

EDC News: EU Regional Social Progress Index

The EU-Social Progress Index (EU-SPI) is an aggregate index of 50 social and environmental indicators (primarily from Eurostat) that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. Each dimension has four thematic components which cover topics such as access to health care, the quality and affordability of housing, personal safety, access to higher education, and environmental pollution.

The objective of the EU-SPI is to provide consistent, comparable and actionable measures of social and environmental issues for the regions in the 28 EU Member States (272 regions in total). The index scores absolute performance on a 0-100 scale for each of the 50 indicators included to measure the Index components, thereby, identifying the strengths and weaknesses relative to regions of similar economic performance.

The purpose of the regional index is to:

A revised version of the EU Social Progress Index will be released in October 2016.

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