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Eurofound: Looking forward to post-pandemic Europe

Eurofound: Looking forward to post-pandemic Europe

News   •   Sep 01, 2021 16:05 BST

As Europe moves to the final stages of its initial vaccination programme, workers are now returning to offices and other places of work, and citizens in general are reengaging into the community. Eurofound will be releasing important new research this autumn investigating how COVID-19 has impacted our lives and what these changes mean for Europe.

92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

News   •   Aug 27, 2021 07:00 BST

More than 9 out of 10 establishments with 10 or more employees in Slovakia report difficulties in finding suitable candidates for open positions, according to a recent Eurofound report on ‘Tackling labour shortages in EU Member States’. This is the highest proportion in the EU, followed by Romania (90%) and Malta (88%), while rates are lowest in Denmark and Greece (both 57%).

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

News   •   Dec 14, 2020 07:00 GMT

Stefan Gran has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board during the third meeting of the Board on 6 November 2020. He takes over from outgoing chair Aviana Bulgarelli, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute), Italy.

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

News   •   Nov 30, 2020 15:04 GMT

At the end of his term as Executive Director on 30 November 2020, we engaged in a socially distant interview with Juan Menéndez-Valdés to review the last decade, his thoughts on Europe and his hopes for Eurofound.

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.