Findings of a Special Eurobarometer report on education, income, social status and inter-generational mobility found that 70% of respondents in Malta believe that opportunities to get ahead in the EU have become more equal compared to 30 years ago. Respondents in Finland and Ireland share the same opinion.
Seventy-five per cent of respondents in Malta have said that they did not experience harassment or were discriminated against in the past 12 months, when asked if they were discriminated against or harassed on various grounds, including sex, age and gender. The EU average is 83%.
However, a staggering 73% of respondents in Malta feel that differences in income are too great while 78% feel that measures need to be introduced by the government to reduce differences in income levels.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made fairness in the EU the cornerstone of his political priorities. To support this effort with scientific evidence, the Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) produced its first Fairness Report last year. The results of the Special Eurobarometer survey published today will contribute to tackling wider questions of perceived unfairness in employment, education, health and society at large.
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