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Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Press Releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 09:00 GMT

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

Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 08:00 GMT

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

‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’ - new report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework

Press Releases   •   Feb 15, 2017 12:10 GMT

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

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

Press Releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT

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.

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Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

News   •   Nov 13, 2018 14:00 GMT

Eurofound's latest report from the Quality of Life​ Survey looks at five key aspects of social cohesion including perceived social exclusion, perceived social tensions, interpersonal trust, participation in society and a sense of community. Collectively, these aspects have an important bearing on the well-being of citizens.

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

Feelings of insecurity widespread in Europe

News   •   Oct 09, 2018 11:00 BST

Feelings of insecurity in several dimensions of life are widespread in the EU, even among those who are materially well-off. Only 1% of the EU population enjoys the highest level of security in the combined areas of personal security and security in housing, healthcare, employment and old-age income.

Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

Forthcoming research: Burnout in Europe

News   •   Aug 17, 2018 11:46 BST

In September Eurofound will release a new report on Burnout in Europe, examining what causes burnout, the effects of burnout, and mapping where in Europe it is considered an occupational disease.

The quest for convergence

The quest for convergence

News   •   Aug 06, 2018 09:00 BST

As the European Union recoups the losses of the crisis and seeks a sounder footing for future growth, the concept of convergence has taken centre stage in the policy discourse. But what do we mean by ‘convergence’ in the European context?

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Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2018 14:00 GMT

Platform work is neither good nor bad – it just is. We need to adapt to this reality by finding ways to capitalise on the positive while at the same time counteracting the negative. This needs to be done in a differentiated way, taking account of the great variety in platform work. One-size solutions simply will not fit all.

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Blog posts   •   Oct 15, 2018 09:00 BST

Few events challenge the equilibrium between work and life like the arrival of a child. As gender roles continue to change in Europe, supporting the uptake of paternity and parental leave among fathers is fundamental, not just to close the ‘caring gap’ between men and women, but also to provide the best possible outlook for coming generations.

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 09:00 BST

Wages grew and wage inequality fell in most EU countries in 2015. Germany is not one of the countries where wages rose most, but it did have the largest reduction of wage inequality. Our analysis shows that the German minimum wage policy introduced in 2015 strongly lifted the wages of the lowest-paid employees, particularly those employees who were lower-skilled, younger or working in services.

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 13:00 BST

Europe is showing visible signs of progress; in most countries, labour markets are healthier than they have been in a decade, with more people active and in work than ever before, while social exclusion is declining. However, it is also a continent in transition, where an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity and quality of life directly determines to what extent you have felt this recovery.

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Average household disposable income across countries (in PPP, EU24 = 100)
Programming document 2017-2020 cover
6EWCS Report cover

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Keep up to date with our latest research and news on our social media channels

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Get informed about the latest economic and social developments in Europe via our social media pages and our dedicated newsroom.

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Eurofound 40 Celebration Video (Motion Graphics)

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Perspectives on the work of Eurofound. Made four our 40th anniversary.

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6 Second Promo - Eurofound yearbook 2014

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The 'Eurofound yearbook 2014: Living and working in Europe' provides a snapshot of the living and working conditions of people in Europe,...

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'Eurofound - the first 40 years' is a motion graphics video of Eurofound's contribution to the creation of social Europe. This is the sho...

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Interview with Martina Bisello on Youth Entrepreneurship in Europe Report

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Martina Bisello, Research Officer at Eurofound and co-author of the report 'Youth entrepreneurship in Europe: Values attitudes, policies'...

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  • Head of Unit, Employment
  • Irvtenlbe.pmMayqndmdl@poeuwgroelfoxzunfqd.paeujeromjpakq.eysutm

  • Research Information Officer
  • gdinb@dreushrochfopduniyd.jpeuofroebpaqv.ehfuhg
Camilla Galli da Bino is research information officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound

  • Social Policies Trainee
  • Quality of life and public services
  • Latfurgfa.wlPokjntiiinngenee@epdurriofxhoulvndtx.edjurclopgla.vseuyj ft
Laura Pöntinen is the Social Policies trainee at Eurofound, working primarily on the European Quality of Life Survey 2016.

  • Research Officer
  • Living Conditions and Quality of Life
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Daniel Molinuevo is a research officer in the Living Conditions and Quality of Life unit since June 2010. Prior to his appointment, Daniel... Show more