The findings of the European Values Study are of interest to a broad audience, from social scientists to politicians, administrators, managers, church leaders, journalists, trade unions and… all Europeans. Both scientific and more popular publications
provide deep insights in the value patterns of Europeans and give interpretations of the differences and similarities in values amongst Europeans, in trends over time and in the implications of these for European institutes, politics, and policies. In addition, the data collected by the European Values Study are a valuable resource for the education
of young people about Europe, helping them to better understand each other. After all, unknown is unloved. All these activities cost money. A project as large as the European Values Study is very expensive. Much of this expense is borne by universities and research institutes in the participating countries, which pay the salaries of the program directors and their teams. The fieldwork of the 2008 wave was financed with the help of many sponsors
. For the organization of conferences and developing new activities such as an update of the Atlas of European Values and collecting new data, additional funding is necessary. When you, or your organization, would like to participate in the European Values Study as a general sponsor or support some particular aspect of our study, please contact Paul de Graaf.
European society cannot be built on economic institutions and political bodies alone; these are only instruments. It is people, engaged and enthusiastic European citizens, who need to bring life and soul into the idea of a peaceful, free and democratic Europe. This presupposes that citizens feel connected to each other and to a larger whole. There cannot be a society without a sense of solidarity, which should start from the smallest beginnings. It also presupposes a sense of a greater good, going beyond pure self-interest. These values are a necessary condition for the work of European unification, as it started off shortly after World War II.
‘ Herman van Rompuy in the Preface to the Atlas of European Values