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  • 05 Septiembre 2016
    Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the fourth edition of its European Quality of Life Survey today. The survey, which offers a comprehensive picture of the views of people living across 33 countries including the EU Member States and candidate countries, will be carried out over the coming 13 weeks. The fourth edition of the European Quality of Life Survey covers 33 countries, 28 EU Member States and all five candidate countries: Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. In total, 35,800 people will be surveyed in the 33 countries, with an individual target sample of between 1,000 to 2,000 per country. The fieldwork is carried out simultaneously in all countries, coordinated by TNS Opinion in Belgium with local partners, starting on Monday 5 September and ending on 2 December 2016.
  • 01 Septiembre 2016
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often unevenly distributed among different groups of workers; particularly benefitting men, highly-skilled and highly ranked workers. Without robust monitoring and transparency, supplementary employee reward systems could potentially exacerbate pre-existing pay inequalities. This is according to Eurofound's new report Changes in remuneration and rewards systems, published today.
  • 29 Agosto 2016
    Mary Mitchell-O'Connor TD, Irish Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, visits Eurofound. Minister Mitchell-O'Connor met with Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound's Director and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, and senior staff, to discuss Eurofound's activities and cooperation with the Irish Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
  • 08 Agosto 2016
    Inadequate and poor housing is costing EU economies nearly €194 billion per year in terms of both direct costs associated with healthcare and related medical or social services, as well as indirect costs such as lost productivity and reduced opportunities. The removal of housing inadequacies across the EU, or at least improving them to an acceptable level, would cost about €295 billion at 2011 prices. If all necessary improvements were completed at once, the cost to EU economies and societies would be repaid within 18 months by projected savings in healthcare and through better social outcomes. This is according to Eurofound’s new report Inadequate housing in Europe: Costs and consequences.  
  • 08 Agosto 2016
    Female workers lost their jobs to a lesser extent than male workers during the crisis, but since 2013, employment gains have been more evenly shared. Part-time work is increasing rapidly, to the detriment of full-time, permanent employment.
  • 27 Julio 2016
    Following the British referendum on 23 June, in which 51.9% of people voted to leave the European Union, social partners across most European countries have commented on the impact that the British exit will have on their countries or members.Their first reactions, in relation to working-life related issues, in particular, have been recorded.
  • 26 Julio 2016
    Slovakia took over the Presidency of the European Council from the Netherlands on 1 July 2016. The Slovak Presidency will be focusing on four priority areas: an economically strong Europe, a modern single market, a sustainable migration and asylum policies, and a globally engaged Europe. This work is being done within the framework of priorities agreed with the Council of the European Union by the three Presidencies for the period between January 2016 and June 2017 - the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
  • 15 Julio 2016
    Eurofound deplores the horrendous attack carried out in the French city of Nice, and expresses our deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. We stand united with the other EU Institutions and Agencies in condemning these cowardly attacks on the innocent. It will not leave us depressed or hopeless but rather make us more determined to strive for tolerance, freedom and unity; both inside and outside the EU.  
  • 14 Julio 2016
    The employment trend in Europe post-crisis is one of most growth taking place in the highest-paying and lowest-paying service-sector jobs. Low-paying and middle-paying blue-collar jobs are the big losers.
  • 24 Junio 2016
    Following the result of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership, Eurofound will continue to implement its work programme and provide European policymakers with high-quality, timely and policy-relevant knowledge as input to better informed social and work-related policies, covering up to 35 countries (EU Member States, candidate countries and other European countries). To repeat the reassurance by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, who said this morning  ‘We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum.’ there are no immediate changes to the European Union’s work in general and Eurofound’s work in particular in relation to the UK.