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Workers in newer Member States expected to work three weeks more per year

Workers in newer Member States expected to work three weeks more per year

News   •   Oct 03, 2019 10:00 BST

Workers in Member States that joined the EU after May 2004 were expected to work close to three full working weeks per year more than those in ‘older’ Member States in 2018.

29 years since reunification and quality of life in Germany higher than EU averages

29 years since reunification and quality of life in Germany higher than EU averages

News   •   Oct 02, 2019 15:15 BST

​Germany this week celebrates 29 years since reunification, and next month will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark this significant time, we share our research data, findings and analysis to provide a snapshot of Germany’s living and working conditions.

Eurofound's upcoming research in 2019

Eurofound's upcoming research in 2019

News   •   Oct 01, 2019 15:05 BST

With a new European Parliament in place, and a new Commission imminent, it's all change at European level. Eurofound's upcoming research for the rest of 2019 reflects both established priorities under its work programme, as well as ongoing developments in work and life in Europe.

Cyprus taking steps to improve education and employment opportunities of young people

Cyprus taking steps to improve education and employment opportunities of young people

News   •   Oct 01, 2019 12:30 BST

As Cyprus celebrates Independence Day today, we mark the day by sharing our research data, findings and analysis to provide a snapshot of living and working conditions in Cyprus today.

Better together: Robust upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic conditions strengthens the future of Europe

Better together: Robust upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic conditions strengthens the future of Europe

News   •   Sep 26, 2019 06:00 BST

Strong upward convergence in employment and socioeconomic conditions has emerged between EU Member States over the past 20 years despite the negative effects of the economic crisis, according to new research from Eurofound.

Potential of platform work may depend on greater protection of workers

Potential of platform work may depend on greater protection of workers

News   •   Sep 23, 2019 12:30 BST

Platform work across the European Union can facilitate better access to the labour market for disadvantaged groups, encourage participation among those with other responsibilities and foster self-employment and entrepreneurship. Eurofound’s new policy brief highlights the main opportunities and challenges of platform work and illustrates some of the first attempts at addressing them.

15 years of EU membership and 80% of Slovaks feel European

15 years of EU membership and 80% of Slovaks feel European

News   •   Aug 28, 2019 14:56 BST

​As Slovakia tomorrow celebrates Slovak National Uprising Day, we mark the day by shining a spotlight on the ever-improving living and working conditions in Slovakia.

Ireland has highest incidence of moderate to severe depressive symptoms among young women in EU

Ireland has highest incidence of moderate to severe depressive symptoms among young women in EU

News   •   Jul 05, 2019 07:00 BST

This graph, based on Eurostat data, shows that gender is an important factor in depression. In most Member States young women aged 15–24 were more likely to suffer from depression than young men. The greatest gender gaps were in Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Only in Cyprus, Greece and Lithuania were there higher percentages of young men with depressive symptoms.

Crisis point: Well-being of young people still defined by the economic crisis

Crisis point: Well-being of young people still defined by the economic crisis

News   •   Jul 04, 2019 11:34 BST

Across the EU, 14% of young adults are at risk of depression, and 4% of young people aged 15-24 suffer from chronic depression. Young women are more likely to find themselves not in employment, education or training, and are significantly more likely to suffer depressive symptoms than young men

EU on the horizon? Eurofound explores quality of life in the candidate countries

EU on the horizon? Eurofound explores quality of life in the candidate countries

News   •   Jun 28, 2019 13:26 BST

There are high levels of optimism for the future in most EU candidate countries – including for future generations. However, current material hardships, deprivation, urban-rural disparities, gender inequalities and demographic ageing are fundamental challenges, and could undermine the current positive climate and future social cohesion.

How can public services work more effectively to integrate refugees and asylum seekers?

How can public services work more effectively to integrate refugees and asylum seekers?

News   •   Jun 20, 2019 10:56 BST

Today is World Refugee Day, the international day to show solidarity and support to refugees. Eurofound has just published a new report, coinciding with this occasion, looking at the role of public services in integrating refugees and asylum seekers.

[Audio News Release] Large differences in tax contributions of minimum wage workers across Europe

[Audio News Release] Large differences in tax contributions of minimum wage workers across Europe

News   •   Jun 13, 2019 11:30 BST

The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe gives a detailed analysis of minimum wage rates across Europe, and not only looks at the nominal and real terms increased in minimum wages - but also levels of taxation and net pay.

[Audio News Release]: Women over-represented among minimum and low-wage earners

[Audio News Release]: Women over-represented among minimum and low-wage earners

News   •   Jun 06, 2019 12:00 BST

The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe shows that there have been increases to the minimum wage across almost all Member States, in both nominal and real terms. The report also highlights that women are over-represented among minimum and low-wage earners.

[Audio de Comunicado de prensa] Los cambios en los salarios mínimos en Europa podrían tener implicaciones generalizadas

[Audio de Comunicado de prensa] Los cambios en los salarios mínimos en Europa podrían tener implicaciones generalizadas

News   •   Jun 05, 2019 15:31 BST

La última revisión anual de los salarios mínimos en Europa muestra que se han producido aumentos significativos en los salarios mínimos de varios Estados miembros de la UE, tanto en términos nominales como reales.

Les salaires minima ont augmenté dans toute l'Europe, mais les travailleurs à bas salaires sentiront ils la différence ?

Les salaires minima ont augmenté dans toute l'Europe, mais les travailleurs à bas salaires sentiront ils la différence ?

News   •   Jun 04, 2019 11:05 BST

La plupart des États membres de l'UE ont enregistré des hausses de salaires pour les bénéficiaires de salaire minimum et les bas salaires, les salaires minimums et les bas salaires ont en effet progressé dans la plupart d'entre eux, du fait de l’augmentation des salaires minima légaux qui ont augmenté dans presque tous les pays depuis janvier 2018.

Minimum wages have increased across Europe, but will low-wage workers feel the difference?

Minimum wages have increased across Europe, but will low-wage workers feel the difference?

News   •   Jun 04, 2019 11:00 BST

There have been wage increases for minimum and low-wage earners in most EU Member States, with rises in statutory minimum wages in almost all countries since January 2018. While these increases are welcomed as good news for minimum wage workers, Eurofound’s research shows workers may not automatically feel the positive impacts of these changes.

Workers in Europe in good health, but emotional demands take their toll

Workers in Europe in good health, but emotional demands take their toll

News   •   May 16, 2019 12:00 BST

People at work in Europe report good health and well-being, and increased control over their work activities. However, Eurofound data shows that work is also becoming more emotionally demanding, which poses a risk to health, as well as the long-term sustainability of work itself.

Netherlands, Hungary, Germany stand to lose out most in Europe from global economic protectionism

Netherlands, Hungary, Germany stand to lose out most in Europe from global economic protectionism

News   •   Mar 15, 2019 07:00 GMT

This graph shows the projected impact of an immediate and significant increase in global trade tariffs on the GDP of each Member State in 2030, compared to a ‘no new tariffs’ baseline forecast.

Which countries in Europe would benefit most from implementing the Paris Climate Agreement?

Which countries in Europe would benefit most from implementing the Paris Climate Agreement?

News   •   Feb 13, 2019 08:00 GMT

​This graph shows the projected impact of fully implementing the Paris Climate Agreement on the GDP of different countries in the EU by 2030, compared to a ‘business as usual’ baseline forecast. Latvia, Malta and Belgium will experience the largest boost to their GDP.

Implementation of Paris Climate Agreement could boost EU GDP by 1.1%

Implementation of Paris Climate Agreement could boost EU GDP by 1.1%

News   •   Feb 12, 2019 06:00 GMT

The successful transition towards a low-carbon economy, as defined by the Paris Climate Agreement, is projected to result in a 1.1% growth in GDP, and a 0.5% growth in employment, in the EU between now and 2030. This is compared to a ‘business as usual’ baseline forecast.