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Citizen participation important driver of optimism in Europe

Citizen participation important driver of optimism in Europe

News   •   Sep 16, 2021 11:45 BST

Citizens who feel their voice counts are not only more optimistic about their own future, but also about broader society and the institutions that govern their lives.

Teleworkers twice as likely to exceed 48-hour working time limit

Teleworkers twice as likely to exceed 48-hour working time limit

News   •   Sep 09, 2021 11:00 BST

The shift to telework during the pandemic, and increased demand for more hybrid working arrangements in the future, is putting the spotlight on whether existing labour legislation is fit for purpose in post-pandemic Europe, according to Eurofound’s new report Right to disconnect: Exploring company practices.

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.

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

News   •   Jul 15, 2021 12:00 BST

The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis threaten to roll back recent progress in gender equality, including an overall trend of upward convergence.

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%.

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

News   •   Jul 07, 2021 09:00 BST

Achieving climate-neutral objectives established at European and international levels, such as in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal, needs broad-based support and cross-departmental policy development at national, regional and local levels.

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​Slovenians have fared comparatively well in terms of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to their EU counterparts standing at 53.2 on a scale of 100, behind only Denmark and Finland. According to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, w​orking and COVID-19 online survey, the EU average was 45.3 in spring 2021.

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.