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Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jul 21, 2021 07:00 BST

In spring 2021, around 5% of people in Belgium, who had been employed before the pandemic, reported having lost their job. Compared to the EU average of 10%, Belgium fares comparatively well, with only neighbouring Luxembourg and the Netherlands reporting lower figures, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

News   •   Jul 15, 2021 12:00 BST

The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis threaten to roll back recent progress in gender equality, including an overall trend of upward convergence.

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 07:00 BST

Fewer than 50% of people in France are likely to take the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February and March 2021, just 48.7% replied that they were likely or very likely to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus when it becomes available to them. This is considerably lower than the EU average at 64.4%.

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

News   •   Jul 07, 2021 09:00 BST

Achieving climate-neutral objectives established at European and international levels, such as in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal, needs broad-based support and cross-departmental policy development at national, regional and local levels.

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​Slovenians have fared comparatively well in terms of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to their EU counterparts standing at 53.2 on a scale of 100, behind only Denmark and Finland. According to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, w​orking and COVID-19 online survey, the EU average was 45.3 in spring 2021.

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​74% of people in Croatia report difficulties making ends meet, according to Eurofound’s large-scale ​Living, working and COVID-19 online survey​. This is the highest figure among EU Member States, where the average was 45.1%. For Croatia, this number remained consistently high throughout the pandemic at 73.5% in April 2020 reporting a difficult personal financial situation.

Financial situation in Luxembourg improving following COVID-19 pandemic

Financial situation in Luxembourg improving following COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 23, 2021 07:00 BST

The financial situation of people in Luxembourg is significantly better than the EU average with 11.3% of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet in February and March 2021, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. This is the third lowest figure among EU Member States with the EU average at 23.6%, just behind Denmark and Sweden.

EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 11:30 BST

The economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic slowed, but did not stop, overall minimum wage growth in the EU in 2021. Minimum wages were raised cautiously in most Member States, with the median country recording an increase of 3%. Only a few Member States froze their minimum wage rates, marking a very different approach to that taken in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Portugal records highest trust in the EU, among Member States

Portugal records highest trust in the EU, among Member States

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 07:00 BST

The trust of people in Portugal in the European Union is the highest across all Member States, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 survey. With 5.9, it is significantly higher than the EU average at 4.6. Trust in the EU in Portugal has increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from 5.2 in April 2020 to 5.4 during the summer of last year to 5.9 in spring 2021.

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 06, 2021 07:00 BST

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, trust of people in Sweden in their national government has declined from 6.4 to 5.1. Respondents rated their trust levels at the onset of the pandemic (data collection April 2020) at 6.4 on average, which decreased to 5.5 during the summer months of last year and then to 5.1 in February and March of this year.

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

News   •   Jun 05, 2021 07:00 BST

Trust in the national government in Denmark ranked highest among EU countries at 7 out of 10, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. This marked an increase of 0.5 points compared to the summer of last year. This pattern goes against the trend observed in all other EU Member States, where the average trust rating fell to just 3.9 from 4.6.

Reduced feeling of financial strain in Italy

Reduced feeling of financial strain in Italy

News   •   Jun 02, 2021 11:00 BST

Pessimism about one’s future financial situation has decreased in Italy compared to summer 2020, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February 2021, over one fifth (22.5%) of people in Italy expected a worsening of their situation compared to 27.6% in June/July of last year.

Just 12% in EU feel pandemic support measures are fair

Just 12% in EU feel pandemic support measures are fair

News   •   Jun 02, 2021 07:00 BST

Just 12% of people surveyed in the third round of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey believed the support measures rolled out to help deal with the implications of the pandemic were fair, with the same proportion believing that the measures reached those who needed them.

Eurofound explores the rise of the telework generation

Eurofound explores the rise of the telework generation

News   •   May 28, 2021 12:00 BST

Eurofound Research Managers Tina Weber and Oscar Vargas will explore developments in teleworking in Europe and present latest data at a LIVE #AskTheExpert webinar on Thursday 3 June 2021 at 10:00 – 11:00 IST/11:00 – 12:00 CEST.

Trust in national governments plummets, threatening social cohesion across EU

Trust in national governments plummets, threatening social cohesion across EU

News   •   May 20, 2021 07:00 BST

Trust in institutions has plummeted across the EU with trust in national governments in particular sending alarm signals across numerous Member States.

Over a quarter of adults in EU indicate they are unlikely to take COVID-19 vaccine

Over a quarter of adults in EU indicate they are unlikely to take COVID-19 vaccine

News   •   May 13, 2021 07:00 BST

Over a quarter (27%) of adults in the EU are vaccine hesitant, with 29% of men and 25% of women indicating that they were either ‘very unlikely’ or ‘rather unlikely’ to take the COVID-19 vaccine in Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

Mental health, trust in decline across the EU and inequalities rise as pandemic enters another year

Mental health, trust in decline across the EU and inequalities rise as pandemic enters another year

News   •   May 10, 2021 07:00 BST

Across Europe, citizens are feeling the divisive social and economic fallout of the pandemic and a dwindling number now view crisis support measures as fair and efficient.

2020 exposed fault lines in Europe’s labour market and society which may serve to shape the debate on the Future of Europe

2020 exposed fault lines in Europe’s labour market and society which may serve to shape the debate on the Future of Europe

News   •   May 07, 2021 15:00 BST

Released just before the publication of the results of the latest Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey, Eurofound's 2020 yearbook takes stock of how much has happened in just 12 months, projects what might lie ahead, and sets the scene for EU policymakers as they seek to shape Europe’s policy responses.

COVID-19 could compound disadvantage for workers with disabilities

COVID-19 could compound disadvantage for workers with disabilities

News   •   Apr 19, 2021 07:00 BST

The COVID-19 pandemic is having negative and far-reaching consequences on labour market participation and social inclusion, which may further disadvantage people with disabilities.

Short-time working schemes could be paramount for Europe’s long-term pandemic response

Short-time working schemes could be paramount for Europe’s long-term pandemic response

News   •   Mar 25, 2021 11:00 GMT

Short-time work or similar measures were implemented in all EU Member States during 2020 and contributed greatly to limiting the rise in unemployment that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, further success was hampered by varying levels of income protection between countries, as well as limitations in coverage.