Ensuring quality of life in Europe`s cities and towns

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

The desire for quality of life is universal and generates consensus across political and popular arenas. This common goal can assist all responsible agencies and citizens to overcome their differences and coordinate their responses.

Now, more than ever before, Europe's wealth, innovation potential, creativity and talent are centred in its wide range of towns and cities. Quality of life and quality of the environment underpin how well these towns and cities function. Cities are business hubs, attracting investment to create jobs, and provide the focus of service provision and exchange. Urban areas are also the focus of many environmental challenges, where quality of life is determined by a wide mix of socio-economic and political factors. Therefore, our towns and cities are where the interwoven challenges of quality of life and sustainable development must primarily be addressed.

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