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Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

News   •   Apr 05, 2018 13:00 BST

The new report Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work summarises the findings of five case studies on the likely impact of game changing technologies on production and employment in the manufacturing sector in Europe up to 2025.

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

News   •   Mar 08, 2018 12:00 GMT

The Heads of the EU Agencies have pledged to communicate to their staff that harassment in the workplace is not acceptable, to ensure respect for existing laws and the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work, and to provide a trusted environment in the workplace.

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Germany’s commanding position in Europe in recent years has largely been due to its reputation as an economic powerhouse. Its place in Europe in years to come may well be defined by its ability to also become a powerhouse for social cohesion and integration.

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Die führende Stellung Deutschlands in Europa in den letzten Jahren war weitgehend auf die Position als Wirtschaftsmacht zurückzuführen. Deutschlands Platz in den kommenden Jahren kann auch durch seine Fähigkeit definiert werden, ein Kraftpaket für sozialen Zusammenhalt und Integration zu werden

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

News   •   Mar 07, 2018 17:00 GMT

Eurofound and the European Economic and Social Committee, under the banner of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, bring together representatives of the social partners, EU institutions, national and regional representatives, practitioners, civil society and academics to debate on access and quality of public services in EU28, as highlighted in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey.

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2018 16:00 GMT

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home.

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​The European Quality of Life Survey explores a variety of aspects related to living standards, health, family and work–life balance, as well as people's happiness levels, and their perceptions regarding the quality of their society. The latest survey results for Finland paint a generally positive picture of the country in 2016, just a year before the 100th anniversary of its independence.

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

News   •   Feb 19, 2018 13:00 GMT

People in the lowest income quartile in the EU are going without fresh fruit and vegetables to save, and a higher proportion are buying cheaper cuts of meat or buying less meat because of money concerns. This practice is occurring throughout Europe, but there are vast differences between Member States.

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 09:00 GMT

People surveyed about their optimism for the future in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) were more optimistic about their own future in 2016 than they had been about the future in general in 2011. This growth in optimism can partly be attributed to the improved economic situation in Europe since 2011.

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

News   •   Feb 09, 2018 09:00 GMT

​The pilot project on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe was launched in 2015 to explore the prospects for a globally competitive future in manufacturing and the associated implications for employment in terms of the number of jobs, workforce composition, skill needs and geographical dispersion throughout Europe.

Save the Date 8 March: Access and quality of public services, a debate on improving quality of life

Save the Date 8 March: Access and quality of public services, a debate on improving quality of life

News   •   Feb 06, 2018 13:00 GMT

​On 8 March 2018, Eurofound and the European Economic and Social Committee, under the banner of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, will bring together up to 80 representatives of the social partners, EU institutions, national and regional representatives, civil society, and academics in Brussels to debate the key themes highlighted in Eurofound’s ​European Quality of Life Survey 2016​.

Publication Alert: Working conditions of workers of different ages

Publication Alert: Working conditions of workers of different ages

News   •   Feb 06, 2018 09:00 GMT

​The new report on Working conditions of workers of different ages uses data from the latest European Working Conditions Survey in order analyse the different factors contributing to workers deciding to continue working in later life.

Taking a closer look at life satisfaction in the EU

Taking a closer look at life satisfaction in the EU

News   •   Feb 05, 2018 09:00 GMT

Nearly 37,000 people in 33 European countries were interviewed in the last quarter of 2016 for the fourth wave of the European Quality of Life Survey. The overview report presents the findings for the EU Member States. The survey revealed interesting findings in relation to life satisfaction, employment status, education, income, and household type.

Publication Alert: EQLS overview report

Publication Alert: EQLS overview report

News   •   Jan 26, 2018 10:33 GMT

​The overview report for the latest European Quality of Life Survey is now online. Nearly 37,000 people in 33 European countries were interviewed in the last quarter of 2016 for the fourth wave of the European Quality of Life Survey. This overview report presents the findings for the EU Member States.

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Blog posts   •   Jan 18, 2018 09:00 GMT

In this blog piece Eurofound Research Officer Daniel Molinuevo looks at the changes in care home provision for older Europeans since the economic crisis, and the rising importance of long-term care from both a social and economic perspective.

Composition of NEETs in Europe

Composition of NEETs in Europe

News   •   Jan 17, 2018 15:30 GMT

​'NEET' is a broad label and includes young people in very diverse situations. This graph shows the composition of NEETs in the EU.

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2017 13:00 GMT

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at the substantial section of the population that is not working and does not figure in unemployment statistics, but retains significant employment potential.

The scarring effect of long-term youth unemployment

The scarring effect of long-term youth unemployment

News   •   Dec 18, 2017 12:00 GMT

Young people are more affected than other age groups by long-term unemployment. While long-term youth unemployment is certainly not a new policy challenge for Europe, it now affects a wider range of young people than it ever did before.

Vast differences across Europe in making ends meet

Vast differences across Europe in making ends meet

News   •   Dec 12, 2017 15:02 GMT

Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) 2016 shows that there are vast differences in reported abilities to make ends meet at household level in Europe.

Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

The results from the most recent European Quality of Life Survey show overall progress in the areas of quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. We have seen improvements for many, although from low points following the economic crisis.