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Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

News   •   Sep 28, 2020 07:00 BST

COVID-19 has brought widespread job loss, large-scale reduction in working hours and the decimation of entire sectors of the EU economy. While this has impacted all parts of the population, inter-generational and gender inequalities have been exacerbated, with years of progress diluted in just six months.

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

News   •   Jul 13, 2020 13:30 BST

The second wave of Eurofound’s pan-EU Living, working and COVID-19 survey is now open. As people across Europe emerge from confinement measures, the second wave of the survey will be more targeted and track changes since the initial confinement period and will seek to provide an even deeper analysis in order to further contribute to Europe’s policy response.

Living and working in Europe: A compendium of life before the Coronavirus

Living and working in Europe: A compendium of life before the Coronavirus

News   •   Jun 08, 2020 14:00 BST

The latest Living and working in Europe yearbook provides a snapshot of life and work in Europe before the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Europe Day 9 May 2020: ‘This crisis shows we need more Europe, not less’

Europe Day 9 May 2020: ‘This crisis shows we need more Europe, not less’

News   •   May 09, 2020 09:30 BST

On Europe Day 2020, the EU institutions want to pay tribute through numerous online activities to the many Europeans who, in a spirit of solidarity, are helping our Union get through the coronavirus crisis.

Composition of households changing in Bulgaria as living standards improve

Composition of households changing in Bulgaria as living standards improve

News   •   Mar 02, 2020 16:30 GMT

Bulgaria has experienced seismic shifts in typical household composition over the last decade; reporting the largest decrease in the share of multigenerational households in the EU, as well as increasing levels of cohabitation and people living alone. These societal trends occur at the same time as improving quality of life, higher labour market participation rates and population ageing.

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

News   •   Feb 27, 2020 15:46 GMT

The new von der Leyen Commission took office on 1 December 2019. Having adopted its first work programme on 29 January 2020, the Commission sets out its plans for a transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. It outlines six top priorities. Eurofound’s work directly feeds into a number of these key areas aimed at creating a strong social Europe.

Quality of life improving in Lithuania although signs of inequality remain, particularly for older people, women

Quality of life improving in Lithuania although signs of inequality remain, particularly for older people, women

News   •   Feb 14, 2020 12:00 GMT

Lithuania has experienced significant improvements to the perceived quality of public services and overall living standards in recent years. However, despite overall increases to quality of living standards, income inequality has been increasing since the financial crisis, making Lithuania’s income distribution the second most unequal in the EU.

Trust in EU one of highest in Romania and quality of public services increase to near EU levels

Trust in EU one of highest in Romania and quality of public services increase to near EU levels

News   •   Nov 29, 2019 15:23 GMT

As Romania celebrates its national day on Sunday, we mark the occasion by sharing our research and analysis to provide a snapshot of current living and working conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2019

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2019

News   •   Dec 20, 2018 09:45 GMT

We want to thank you for your support and wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Press alert: Eurofound to present to Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on EU Affairs

Press alert: Eurofound to present to Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on EU Affairs

News   •   Dec 11, 2018 13:00 GMT

Eurofound Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés will present to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on EU Affairs at 14:00 GMT on Wednesday 12 December. The presentation will look at Ireland-specific data from the European Quality of Life Survey and European Working Conditions Survey.

Pay is just one aspect of disadvantage for women on the labour market

Pay is just one aspect of disadvantage for women on the labour market

News   •   Nov 02, 2018 12:30 GMT

​The equal treatment of women and men has been a fundamental principle of the European Union since its inception, but women in Europe still earn on average 16.2% less than men. Tomorrow, Saturday 3 November, marks the moment in the year when women symbolically stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues.

Better living and working conditions in a language we can all understand

Better living and working conditions in a language we can all understand

News   •   Sep 26, 2018 08:45 BST

Today is European Day of Languages, a yearly event that celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with over 200 European languages, 24 official EU languages, around 60 regional or minority languages, and many more spoken by people from other parts of the world.

The quest for convergence

The quest for convergence

News   •   Aug 06, 2018 09:00 BST

As the European Union recoups the losses of the crisis and seeks a sounder footing for future growth, the concept of convergence has taken centre stage in the policy discourse. But what do we mean by ‘convergence’ in the European context?

Is teleworking taking off?

Is teleworking taking off?

News   •   Jul 30, 2018 09:00 BST

Smartphones and mobile technologies are increasingly important in our everyday lives; by expanding opportunities to telework, have they also transformed the world of work?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

News   •   Jul 23, 2018 09:00 BST

It seems that social structures are hardening. As the modernisation of economies subsides, fewer new jobs are being created at the higher occupational levels, and this is curtailing upward mobility.