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Does social background determine life chances in Europe?

Does social background determine life chances in Europe?

Blog posts   •   Apr 26, 2017 13:12 BST

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at new research that shows that younger Europeans are likely to have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than preceding generations.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

News   •   Apr 26, 2017 11:30 BST

This Friday (28 April) is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year's campaign focuses on the need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilise reliable occupational safety and health data.

Intergenerational solidarity needed to face Europe’s long-term challenges

Intergenerational solidarity needed to face Europe’s long-term challenges

News   •   Apr 25, 2017 12:00 BST

29 April is EU Day of Solidarity between Generations. The objective of this annual celebration is to make the European Union more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population, as well as have intergenerational solidarity high on the EU agenda.

Diverging trends across Europe highlight stagnation and decline in social mobility

Diverging trends across Europe highlight stagnation and decline in social mobility

News   •   Apr 19, 2017 15:14 BST

Younger Europeans are likely to have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than preceding generations. Social mobility in Europe seems to have stagnated - at least in some countries - with opportunities for upward social mobility only increasing in a minority of EU countries for all age groups; in some Member States there is even evidence of decline in social mobility

Commission launches public consultation for the evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA

Commission launches public consultation for the evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA

News   •   Apr 11, 2017 15:01 BST

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the evaluation of the four EU agencies under the remit of DG Employment: Eurofound; the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); the European Training Foundation (ETF); and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

Available to order: ERM annual report 2016

Available to order: ERM annual report 2016

News   •   Apr 10, 2017 09:42 BST

The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) 2016 report 'Globalisation slowdown? Recent evidence of offshoring and reshoring in Europe' is available to order for free via the EU Bookshop. Go to http://bit.ly/ERMBookshop

Charting Europeans’ quality of life

Charting Europeans’ quality of life

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:28 GMT

The chart above, based on data from the third EQLS, shows the percentage of people who strongly agreed with the statement ‘I am optimistic about the future’ in 2012.

Network of European correspondents annual meeting

Network of European correspondents annual meeting

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:27 GMT

The annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents – in the fourth and final year of the current contract – will take place in Dublin on 27–28 March. Guest speaker Raymond Maes, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Employment, will outline the EU priorities for the coming period.

Latest working life developments at EU level

Latest working life developments at EU level

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT

Developments in the field of employment and social affairs announced in the European Commission’s work programme for 2017 include initiatives to address the challenges of work–life balance faced by working families, a European Pillar of Social Rights aimed at fostering a fair playing field in the European social market economy, and a White Paper on the Future of Europe.

Eurofound seeks academic experts to advise on work

Eurofound seeks academic experts to advise on work

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT

Eurofound is in the process of drawing up a list of academic experts to cover the research areas of its 2017–2020 programme. Experts may be asked to advise on planned research approaches and methodologies or to carry out peer reviews.

Eurofound hosts delegation from Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Eurofound hosts delegation from Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:23 GMT

Eurofound hosted a delegation from the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Dublin on 20–21 February. The delegation included Jean Lambert MEP (Greens/EFA), Joëlle Mélin MEP (ENF), Laura Agea MEP (EFDD), Javi López MEP (S&D), and Lynn Boylan MEP (GUE/ NGL).

Social partners’ role in European Semester

Social partners’ role in European Semester

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:22 GMT

The social partners across Europe are not participating in the European Semester as was originally envisaged, even after the 2015 revamp of the process that aimed to encourage their greater involvement in the drafting of the national reform programmes (NRPs).

Income inequalities and middle class squeeze

Income inequalities and middle class squeeze

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:20 GMT

Income inequalities have increased between and within Member States, largely due to growing unemployment levels during the economic crisis.

Treaty of Rome at heart of living and working in Europe

Treaty of Rome at heart of living and working in Europe

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 09:00 GMT

25 March marks 60 years since the signing of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, known as the Treaty of Rome. A seminal document, largely dedicated to economic integration and prosperity, it also enshrined the broader concepts of peace and equality

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

Blog posts   •   Mar 21, 2017 15:48 GMT

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound researchers Carlos Vacas-Soriano and Enrique-Fernández-Macías look at the development of income inequalities in Europe since the Great Recession.

Income inequalities in Europe on the rise since Great Recession

Income inequalities in Europe on the rise since Great Recession

News   •   Mar 15, 2017 09:00 GMT

Income inequalities have increased in around two-thirds of EU Member States largely due to growing unemployment levels since the onset of the crisis. At the same time EU-wide income inequality also increased as income convergence between European countries stalled.

Reducing Europe’s gender employment gap

Reducing Europe’s gender employment gap

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2017 10:32 GMT

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Eurofound Senior Research Manager Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the impact of the gender employment gap on Europe.

Putting a gender spotlight on living and working in Europe

Putting a gender spotlight on living and working in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2017 16:35 GMT

8 March is International Women’s Day. The day marks the wide-scale progress made towards achieving gender equality and combating gender-based injustice, but also serves as an important impetus to ensure the spotlight remains on continued work towards realising these goals across the globe.

Growth of minimum wages accelerates across Europe

Growth of minimum wages accelerates across Europe

Blog posts   •   Feb 27, 2017 12:02 GMT

The growth in average (nominal) pay of employees has accelerated in recent years in EU countries after a slump following the economic crisis (AMECO data). Similar developments show up in data on collectively agreed wages. However, higher wage growth figures do not automatically mean that all employees benefit equally

Public to private? Changing face of hospital services

Public to private? Changing face of hospital services

News   •   Feb 17, 2017 08:32 GMT

A new report from Eurofound, Delivering hospital services: A greater role for the private sector? examines the impact of private sector involvement in hospitals in terms of quality, efficiency and accessibility of services.