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Ageing Europe puts pressure on informal care

Ageing Europe puts pressure on informal care

News   •   Oct 29, 2019 15:30 GMT

The high levels of reliance on informal care across EU Member States - with 15% or more of care being provided on an informal basis in countries such as Belgium, France, Latvia and Romania – comes with significant social and economic costs for both carers and society, including loss of employment, social protection expenditure, social isolation and the healthcare needs of informal carers.

Czechia records the lowest level of social exclusion across the EU

Czechia records the lowest level of social exclusion across the EU

News   •   Oct 28, 2019 07:00 GMT

Czechia records the lowest rates of those at risk of poverty and social exclusion across the EU at just 12.2% – considerably below the EU average of 21.7%. The number of people reporting difficulties in making ends meet has also decreased from 52% in 2011 to 40% in 2016 and perceived quality of public services has improved to be in line with EU averages.

Almost half of Austrian women work part-time to provide informal care

Almost half of Austrian women work part-time to provide informal care

News   •   Oct 25, 2019 16:45 BST

​Austria has one of the highest female part-time rates in the EU. This is linked largely to a heavy reliance on informal care where 80% of those in need of long-term care are being cared for informally by a family member. The high level of part-time work (47.9% of women compared to just 8.1% of men) has significant consequences for Austria’s gender pay gap.

Healthcare in the twilight zone: Europe's squeezed middle struggle to access health services

Healthcare in the twilight zone: Europe's squeezed middle struggle to access health services

News   •   Oct 25, 2019 07:00 BST

People in the lowest income groups remain the most likely to report difficulties in accessing primary care services across the European Union, according to Eurofound research. More than 8 out of 10 people in the EU reported using health services in 2016, but many still struggle to access services, including those with incomes just above the threshold that would entitle them to state support.

Just one in three workers with limiting chronic disease in adapted workplace

Just one in three workers with limiting chronic disease in adapted workplace

News   •   Oct 24, 2019 17:10 BST

Just one in three workers in the EU whose daily activities are severely or somewhat limited by a chronic disease report that their workplace has been adapted to accommodate their health problem. This means the majority of workers in Europe with a limiting health condition are not being supported in terms of workplace adaptation.

Trust and social cohesion bounces back to pre-crisis levels across the EU

Trust and social cohesion bounces back to pre-crisis levels across the EU

News   •   Oct 24, 2019 15:16 BST

​Contrary to a generalised concern about a ‘crisis of trust’ in the aftermath of the financial crisis, trust in national and EU institutions has bounced back to pre-crisis levels, while civic engagement has increased, and perceived social exclusion has decreased.

Improved public services key to better quality of life in Europe

Improved public services key to better quality of life in Europe

News   •   Oct 22, 2019 12:00 BST

Levels of trust and social cohesion have recovered overall in the EU since the financial crisis, perceived social exclusion has declined and there has been an increase in active citizenship and civic engagement, according to Eurofound’s flagship report ‘​Challenges and prospects in the EU: Quality of life and public services’.

Los jóvenes, especialmente los poco cualificados, son los más afectados por las desigualdades sociales en España

Los jóvenes, especialmente los poco cualificados, son los más afectados por las desigualdades sociales en España

News   •   Oct 11, 2019 17:00 BST

Eurofound ha estado monitoreando e informando sobre las condiciones de vida y trabajo en España, en comparación con otros Estados miembros de la UE, desde antes de su adhesión a la UE en 1986.

Young people, particularly those low qualified, bear the brunt of social inequalities in Spain

Young people, particularly those low qualified, bear the brunt of social inequalities in Spain

News   •   Oct 11, 2019 17:00 BST

This week Spain celebrates the Fiesta Nacional, and we mark the occasion by sharing our research data, findings and analysis to provide a snapshot of the country’s living and working conditions. Eurofound has been monitoring and reporting on living and working conditions in Spain, in comparison to other EU Member States, since before its accession to the EU in 1986.

Capital gains: Employment growth in EU capitals outstrips other regions over 15-year period

Capital gains: Employment growth in EU capitals outstrips other regions over 15-year period

News   •   Oct 07, 2019 14:38 BST

Employment grew by 19% in capital city regions in the EU’s largest Member States between 2002 and 2017, compared to 10-12% in other domestic regions. This employment growth has been reflected in the growing national economic weight of capital regions, with cities such as London, Paris and Stockholm accounting for 30% and more of the GDP of their respective countries.

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.