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What determines life satisfaction and happiness? How do we value our social situation and immediate surroundings? How has this changed with the economic crisis? For the third wave of the European Quality of Life survey, 35,500 Europeans in all EU Member States were interviewed, in an effort to gain insights to these questions. This overview report presents findings and trends and shows that the impacts of the recession are indeed noticeable and measurable in some areas, while in others there are more long-term developments to be observed. While overall life satisfaction levels have not changed much, optimism about the future and trust in institutions have declined markedly in those countries most affected by the downturn. And groups that were already vulnerable – the long-term unemployed, older people in central and eastern Europe and single parents – report the highest levels of material deprivation and dissatisfaction with their life situation.
English language version of the questionnaire for the 3rd European Quality of Life Survey which was carried out in 2011-2012. It was used as the source questionnaire for the translation of the 38 language versions for the 34 countries where the survey took place.
/The fourth in a series of nationwide surveys on the business environment and
reality for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) was conducted by the
Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Statistics Sweden in
2011. The survey examined the situation of SMEs, the opportunities for growth
and perceived threats to growth. Over 19,000 SME owners gave their views on
topics such as growth, competition, regulations, internationalisation and
access to finance./
In October 2012, the Norwegian government submitted to parliament a bill,
Changes to the law on public procurement (Government oversight of regulations
on wages and working conditions in public contracts) .
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in the UK has outlined
areas in which it is to consult on proposed changes to employment law. The
changes form part of a deregulatory drive by the government which it hopes
will reduce the burden on business and stimulate economic growth. As part of
the review, it plans to make changes to the employment tribunal system.
In June 2012, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI ) and
international training provider Pearson  published findings from their
fifth annual UK Education and skills survey (6.56Mb PDF) . The survey is
based on responses from 542 British companies employing a total of 1.6
million workers, and was conducted between January and February 2012.
Responses came from businesses of all sizes, a range of sectors and different
As Eurofound embarks on a new four-year work programme, Europe faces some of its greatest challenges yet. Prospects for economic and social development in Europe and in other parts of the world are increasingly unclear. Drafted against this social and economic background and with these key imperatives to the fore, the priorities of this programme reflect clearly both the immediate challenge of coping with the crisis and the mid-term ambition to achieve progress towards a competitive and fair Europe – and this, of course, with the overall ambition of seeing Europe get ‘back on track’. Building on over 30 years of research and expertise serving Europe’s decision-makers – EU institutions, national governments and social partners – this programme presents the strategic framework for the work of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions for the period 2013 to 2016.
This study maps, examines and assesses the various responses of social dialogue to the global economic crisis throughout Europe, analysing: the role that social dialogue has played to cushion the impact, and overcome the negative effects, of the crisis; the outcomes of social dialogue in terms of the measures negotiated, and agreed by the social partners, at the various levels of the European industrial relations system; and the effectiveness and sustainability of the outcomes of social dialogue in response to the crisis.
Social dialogue is one of the cornerstones of social Europe and involves employers, workers and their representatives, and, in tripartite structures, also public authorities in the discussions and negotiations which shape social policy and industrial relations. This study seeks to establish how far Member States were willing or able to use social dialogue as a tool to mitigate the effects of the financial downturn in the wake of the profound global economic crisis which began in autumn 2008. It analyses where it was used, how effective it was and also identifies the factors that could make it more or less likely that the social partners would be involved in efforts to respond to the crisis.
On 12 April 2012, a conference on 'Quality of work and Employment: A policy tool towards inclusive and sustainable growth' was jointly organised by the European Parliament and Eurofound, with the participation of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and with the support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The main findings of the series of European Working Conditions Surveys (EWCS), which have been conducted by Eurofound for more than 20 years now, were discussed, focusing on the current challenges for quality of work and employment and the need for a broader approach to sustainable and inclusive work when employment policies are designed. The overview report of the latest 5th wave of the EWCS was launched at the conference.