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Building a fair and well-functioning society is a political priority for the European Union.

The importance of fairness in the political agenda is reflected by the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights in 2017 and also by the Political priorities of the Commission 2019-20

To provide a wider evidence base that can enhance EU policy aiming to achieve this goal, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has embarked on a multi-year cross-national research project to study different aspects of fairness.

The research topics addressed include: the distribution of income across and within EU Member States as well as the fairness related impact of tax and social benefits systems; the dynamics of social mobility across and within generations; the drivers of inequalities and fairness perceptions; and the determinants of civic and social behaviours.

The project on Fairness is part of the activities of the Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards.

Latest workshops

Interventions to reduce loneliness among youth

This JRC Community of Practice on Fairness event contributed to this discussion and fostered an informed dialogue and knowledge sharing on interventions to reduce loneliness among youth.

Latest policy briefs on Fairness

Each policy brief has been reviewed by the editorial board, a proofreader and at least two reviewers.

  • Editorial board: Francesco Berlingieri, Sylke Schnepf, Elena Stepanova.
  • Proofreaders: Sarah Moore and Steve Whitehouse.

Full list of policy briefs

The first four years of Fairness project activities

Fairness Community of Practice

Launch of a Community of Practice on Fairness

The Community aims to foster an informed dialogue and knowledge sharing on the multidimensional aspects of fairness thereby bridging the gap between academics and policy makers. The Fairness CoP regularly organises events on fairness relevant topics.

Science for policy briefs

To disseminate the findings of the multi-year research project, the JRC publishes a series of science for policy briefs and working papers on various aspects of fairness.