Social Situation Monitor
Analysing trends in income distribution, poverty, social exclusion and material deprivation as well as health across the European Union.
Financed by: the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

04/2013 – 03/2017

Contact: Orsolya Lelkes

Ensuring continuity of the European Observatory on Demography and Social Situation, this project aimed at providing policy-relevant analytical and methodological support on the developments in income distribution, poverty, social exclusion and material deprivation as well as health, helping the Commission in its efforts to monitor living standards and life chances across the EU and across different groups in society, and to evaluate how policies affect them.

We analysed issues related to living conditions and its various determinants and aspects such as income, wealth, poverty, taxes and benefits, consumption, access to health, long-term care and other services, time use, social mobility, social inclusion and social participation. It helped to identify socio-economic groups (such as the elderly, families with children, youth, ethnic minorities, migrants etc.) which may be at a particular disadvantage and would need to be targeted by policies.

We carried out comparative analyses across the EU based to a large extent on the EU-SILC (Statistics on Income and Living Conditions). Other data sources included: the European Social Survey, the European Labour Force Survey; the Survey on Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE); the European Household Budget Survey (EHBS).

Our findings have been published in a series of Research Notes on specific issues of policy relevance each year and in an on-line resource on the European Commission website. The on-line data base includes annually updated information on monetary and non-monetary aspects of well-being across the EU.

Research Notes





At Risk of Poverty MapThreshold in PPS and EUREU 2020

External project coordinator: Terry Ward (Applica)
Project coordinator EC: Orsolya Lelkes
External project collaborators: Holly Sutherland, ISER, István György Tóth, TARKI, Manos Matsaganis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Eva Sierminska, CEPS/INSTEAD, Luxembourg
Project team EC: Orsolya Lelkes (team leader), Eszter Zólyomi, Ricardo Rodrigues, Stefania Ilinca, Katarina Hollan, Katharine Schulmann, (Katrin Gasior, Andrea Schmidt)
Financed by: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion