The European Union Regional Social Progress Index measures social progress on 50 indicators across the 272 regions of the 28 European Union member states to help inform development strategies.
Published for the first time on October 11, 2016, the Index shows no clear distinction between old (EU-15) and new (EU-13) member states. Overall performance in new member states from Central Europe is on par with regions of old member states in Southern Europe.
Not about Money
Like other Social Progress Indexes, we find that variation in performance by region is not explained by wealth, in terms of GDP per capita, alone. Regions of similar wealth have different levels of social progress; regions of different wealth can achieve similar social progress.
Informing Development Strategies
The EU Regional Social Progress Index aims to measure social progress for each region as a complement to traditional measures of economic progress. As it is intended to complement measures based on GDP, income or employment, such indicators are excluded from the index. Measuring social progress can inform the development strategies of EU regions. Please note that this index is not created for the purpose of funding allocation and does not bind the European Commission.Learn More