Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty
Results from Eurofound’s 2016 European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show general progress in the three key areas - quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. Nevertheless, there remain signs of persisting inequalities and rising uncertainties in some areas with particular differences apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.
Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17
The Foundation Forum is Eurofound’s flagship event, aimed at reaching high-level policymakers in the field of social, employment and work-related policies. The event takes place in Dublin on 14-15 November 2017.
‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’ - new report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework
The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers for work for home and elsewhere is rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. It can improve work-life balance, reduce commuting time, and boost productivity, but it can also potentially result in longer working hours, higher work intensity and work-home interference.
New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers
Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.
Save the date: EU Agencies Forum in the European Parliament on 6 – 7 December 2016
Come see how EU Agencies work and what they deliver to the EU at the EU Agencies Forum in the European Parliament on 6 – 7 December 2016
New survey shines spotlight on increasingly complex world of work
The overview report of the pan-European sixth European Working Conditions Survey #6EWCS is launched today 17 November 2016
Save the date: Launch event sixth European Working Conditions Survey – Overview report
Eurofound launches the overview report of its 6th European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS) at a joint event with the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 November 2016. Join the debate on Twitter at #6EWCS
Europe sees slow growth in face of economic and social challenges
Eurofound has published its yearbook for 2015. The report shows that employment in Europe is on a slow growth trajectory after a long period of job loss and economic stagnation, but quality of life has slipped for many Europeans, and poverty is a threat for millions. Download the report: http://bit.ly/LWE2015
New report stresses need for stronger monitoring of labour market agencies to prevent trafficking of workers
(Dublin, Ireland): With growing numbers of workers moving freely across the European Union, the role of labour market intermediaries (LMIs) in matching workers with companies’ needs has become increasingly important in helping the single market to function effectively. However, some LMIs also play a part in the deceitful recruitment or transfer of workers who may subsequently be exposed to exploit
Many European families still at risk of poverty, despite economic growth
Despite a return to economic growth, lone-parent families and large families with three or more dependent children face significant difficulties throughout Europe. In some countries more than eight out of ten lone-parent families are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
Migrants from central and eastern EU Member States access fewer benefits overall than local population
Eurofound launches report that analyses the use of various social services and benefits by intra-EU migrants and shows that the ‘welfare magnet’ hypothesis - that EU mobile workers are coming from new EU Member States to older Member States in order to access benefits - is essentially untrue.
Survey shows diverse picture of Europe at work - but with some positive developments
The first findings from Eurofound’s 6th European Working Conditions Survey presents a diverse picture of Europe at work over time across countries, occupations, gender and age groups. It was presented for the first time today at a joint high-level event with the Luxembourg EU Presidency.