This study provides information allowing for an assessment of the representativeness of the actors involved in the European sectoral social dialogue committee for the Food and drink sector. Their relative representativeness legitimises their right to be consulted, their role and effective participation in the European sectoral social dialogue and their capacity to negotiate agreements. The aim of Eurofound’s studies on representativeness is to identify the relevant national and European social partner organisations in the field of industrial relations in the EU Member States.
Η έκθεση εξετάζει την εξέλιξη της εμπιστοσύνης των πολιτών σε θεσμούς –μεταξύ των οποίων οι εθνικές κυβερνήσεις, η ΕΕ, η επιστήμη και τα μέσα ενημέρωσης– κατά τη διάρκεια της πανδημίας COVID-19 το 2020 και το 2021. Αναλύεται ο ρόλος των μέσων ενημέρωσης, ειδικότερα η σχέση μεταξύ της χρήσης των μέσων κοινωνικής δικτύωσης και της εμπιστοσύνης καθώς και ο αντίκτυπος της εσφαλμένης πληροφόρησης (ανακριβής ή παραπλανητική πληροφόρηση) και της παραπληροφόρησης (σκόπιμη παραπληροφόρηση) κατά την περίοδο της κρίσης.
Η ποιότητα των θεσμών αποτελεί βασικό παράγοντα για την επίτευξη ανοδικής οικονομικής και κοινωνικής σύγκλισης στην ΕΕ, καθώς διαδραματίζει θεμελιώδη ρόλο στην ανάπτυξη της οικονομίας, στην προσέλκυση ξένων επενδύσεων, στη διασφάλιση της εφαρμογής πολιτικών και μεταρρυθμίσεων και στην επιτυχή πρόσβαση σε κονδύλια της ΕΕ.
The EU Presidency of Czechia organised a high-level conference in October 2022 on ‘Tackling energy poverty: EU approach & sharing best practices’. The event aimed to bring different actors together in order to strengthen the dialogue on possible solutions on how to further tackle energy poverty in the EU. This background paper, prepared at the request of the Czech Presidency, aims to contribute to the debate.
This working paper investigates the practical implementation of the European Works Council (EWC) Directive at company level. It explores the challenges faced by existing EWCs and provides examples of solutions identified and remaining issues from the point of view of both workers and management. In addition, the paper looks at how EWCs meet the requirements of the EWC Directive in terms of establishing processes of information and consultation.
Οι ευρωπαϊκές αγορές εργασίας παρουσίασαν ισχυρή ανάκαμψη μετά την COVID-19. Στο τέλος του 2021, λίγο περισσότερο από 18 μήνες μετά την έναρξη της πανδημίας, τα ποσοστά απασχόλησης στην ΕΕ βρίσκονταν σχεδόν στα προ κρίσης επίπεδα. Στην έκθεση παρουσιάζονται συνοπτικά οι εξελίξεις στην αγορά εργασίας το 2020 και το 2021 με βάση τριμηνιαία στοιχεία που αντλήθηκαν από την έρευνα εργατικού δυναμικού της ΕΕ. Οι εξελίξεις εξετάζονται μέσα από μια διαρθρωτική προσέγγιση και δίνεται έμφαση σε επιμέρους στοιχεία ανά κλάδο και ανά επάγγελμα και σε βασικές δημογραφικές μεταβλητές (φύλο και ηλικία).
The rise in cost of living and energy poverty: Social impact and policy responses. 14 October 2022, Informal Meeting of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers (EPSCO). Presentation by Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director, Eurofound.
Η πανδημία COVID-19 έχει εντείνει τις ανισότητες σε πολλές διαστάσεις των ευρωπαϊκών κοινωνιών, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των ανισοτήτων μεταξύ γυναικών και ανδρών σε διάφορους βασικούς τομείς. Η παρούσα έκθεση εξετάζει τις ανισότητες μεταξύ των φύλων που υπήρχαν πριν από την κρίση COVID-19 και περιγράφει τους τρόπους με τους οποίους η πανδημία έχει επηρεάσει το χάσμα μεταξύ των φύλων. Επιπλέον, αναλύει τις διάφορες απαντήσεις πολιτικής των εθνικών κυβερνήσεων της ΕΕ που στοχεύουν στην αντιμετώπιση του χάσματος μεταξύ των φύλων και την πρόληψη της διεύρυνσής του κατά τη διάρκεια της πανδημίας.
The platform economy is one of those moving targets, which, despite receiving increasing media and policy attention, has proven difficult to regulate. Given the heterogeneity of employment relationships, business models, types of platform work and cross-border issues, this is not surprising. Yet, in recent years, an increasing number of initiatives and court rulings across EU Member States have sought to address the employment rights and working conditions of platform workers.
Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.
Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.
Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2003, the first edition of the survey.
Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.
Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.
Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.
Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.
This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.
In 2022, the European Semester was streamlined to integrate the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) established on 19 February 2021 (Regulation (EU) 2021/241). While facing the geopolitical and economic challenges triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Member States have been implementing the national Recovery and Resilience Plans (RRPs) for more than one year and around 100 billion euro in RRF funds have already been disbursed.
This report explores the association between skills use and skills strategies and establishment performance, and how other workplace practices, in terms of work organisation, human resources management and employee involvement, can impact on this. It looks at how skills shortages can be addressed, at least in part, by creating an environment in which employees are facilitated and motivated to make better use of the skills they already have. This further supports the business case for a more holistic approach to management.
With the expansion of telework and different forms of hybrid work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for policymakers to consider both the opportunities and the negative consequences that may result. This report will explore potential scenarios for such work. In doing so, it will identify trends and drivers, and predict how they might interact to create particular outcomes and how they are likely to affect workers and businesses. Policy pointers will outline what could be done to facilitate desirable outcomes and to avoid undesirable ones.
This paper provides an analytical summary of state of the art academic and policy literature on the impact of climate change and policies to manage transitions to a carbon neutral economy on employment, working conditions, social dialogue and living conditions. It maps the key empirical findings around the impact of climate change and the green transitions on jobs, sectors, regions and countries in Europe, identifying the opportunities and risks that climate change policies bring to European labour markets.
This report explores the drivers of economic and social convergence in Europe, using a selected set of economic and social indicators to examine trends in the performance of individual Member States. It also investigates what role the Economic and Monetary Union plays in convergence, particularly in southern and eastern Member States. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on convergence is analysed and initial conclusions are drawn about the impact of EU recovery packages and their ability to prevent divergence.
As economies emerge from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, labour shortages are becoming increasingly evident. These include shortages exacerbated by the crisis in some sectors and professions where they had been endemic for some time. This report will look at measures implemented at national level to tackle labour shortages in the health, care and information and communications technology sectors, as well as those arising from the twin digital and green transitions.
Adequate, affordable housing has become a matter of great concern, with an alarming number of Europeans with low or lower household incomes unable to access any, especially in capital cities. Housing was a key factor in people’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic: its quality and level of safety significantly affected how lockdowns and social distancing measures were experienced, with those who had no access to quality housing at higher risk of deteriorating living conditions and well-being.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an extraordinary level of provision of social services across the EU. Healthcare and care providers carried much of the burden and, together with essential services, played a crucial role in getting citizens through the crisis. This report explores how public services adapted to the new reality and what role was played by the digital transformation of services. The aim is to contribute to the documentation and analysis of changes in funding, delivery and use of healthcare and social services during the pandemic.
The urban-rural divide in EU countries has grown in recent years, and the depopulation of certain rural areas in favour of cities is a challenge when it comes to promoting economic development and maintaining social cohesion and convergence. Using data from Eurofound and Eurostat, this report will investigate the trends and drivers of the urban-rural divide, in various dimensions: economic and employment opportunities, access to services, living conditions and quality of life.
Building on previous work by Eurofound, this report will investigate intergenerational dynamics over time. During the 2008 double-dip recession, worrying intergenerational divides appeared in many Member States, and while some of the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is universal, early data suggests disparities across demographic cohorts. Eurofound will examine how different age groups may have been affected in terms of their health, labour market participation, quality of life and financial needs, both in the short term and in the long term.