18 March 2013, London - Kantar TNS has retained the prestigious Eurobarometer Qualitative studies contract from the European Commission and the European Parliament for another four years. This framework contract represents what is believed to be the world's largest qualitative research programme, valued at nearly €18 million. Kantar TNS beat IPSOS, GfK and Gallup to win this competitive tender.

The Eurobarometer Qualitative studies will be managed by Kantar TNS's Political & Social practice. The EU uses its Eurobarometer Qualitative studies to examine reactions to different public policies or actions undertaken in connection with them, to evaluate communication material and key messages, and to gain a deeper understanding of quantitative results and the formation of public opinion over time. The studies involve focus group discussions, in-depth interviews with the general public, and specific target groups, and additional consultancy services. The Eurobarometer Qualitative studies will cover no less than 35 countries/territories, including all EU member states but also non-EU countries such as the USA.

Leendert de Voogd, Global Head of Kantar TNS Political & Social, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this major assignment from the European Institutions for another four years. This is a great testimony to the quality of Kantar TNS's work, and our strong track record in conducting sophisticated qualitative market research on a global scale. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong partnership with the European Commission and the European Parliament and help them understand the "whys" behind the data."

Judith Passingham, CEO of Kantar TNS Northern Europe, said: "The award of this contract reflects the investment Kantar TNS has been making in the evolution and development of its Global Qualitative practice under the leadership of Rebecca Wynberg. We are very excited to be working in an area where the application of qualitative research has the potential to drive a substantially improved understanding of key issues and potential actions within Europe."

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About Kantar TNS Political & Social Global practice
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