Webinar: #AskTheExpert - The impact of COVID-19 for people living and working in Europe: How can policymakers respond?

Wed, 10/06/2020
Wed, 10/06/2020

Date: 10 June 2020

Time: 15:00 CET

Duration: One hour

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About this webinar

How are people living and working in the EU experiencing this pandemic?

With over 60,000 complete responses to Eurofound’s pan-EU survey Living, working and COVID-19 launched on 9 April, the first results highlight the response of Europe’s citizens to the employment and social impact of the pandemic.

Overall the findings paint a stark picture, with people across the EU experiencing a deterioration in their economic situation and concerns for their financial future. EU citizens are generally reporting a decrease in their well-being but young people in particular are reporting much lower levels of mental well-being and higher levels of loneliness than other age groups. The survey findings confirm an increase in telework and, for many, a feeling of insecurity about their jobs, with a sharp fall in working time. People are also reporting very low levels of trust in the EU and their national governments. Findings also indicate that the economic and social fallout of the crisis is affecting women disproportionately, exacerbating Europe’s gender divide.

How can policy action help mitigate the profound economic and social effects of this crisis?

An online #AskTheExpert conversation with Senior Researcher Massimiliano Mascherini discussed the survey findings and provided an in-depth analysis of country differences, gender, and age. Together with moderator Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication at Eurofound, Massimiliano discussed the reasons why particular groups of people were feeling the impact more than others and explored the policy options to help address these challenges. The webinar was also an opportunity to discuss the implications of the pandemic for the EU’s overall employment and social policy agenda. A live chat was available for questions and comments.


Speaker: Massimiliano Mascherini

Massimiliano is Head of Unit for Social Policies at Eurofound since October 2019. He joined in 2009 to design and coordinate projects on youth employment, NEETs and their social inclusion, as well as on the labour market participation of women. As a Senior Research Manager, he led new research on monitoring convergence in the European Union. He studied at the University of Florence, majoring in Actuarial and Statistical Sciences and completing a PhD in Applied Statistics. He has been visiting fellow at the University of Sydney and at Aalborg University and visiting professor at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.


Moderator: Mary McCaughey

Mary is Head of Information and Communication in Eurofound since 2003. A graduate in Business and Politics from Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe, Bruges, she began her career in journalism in Brussels in 1990 with Europe Information Service and the Wall Street Journal Europe. She took up the post of spokesperson with the Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa in 1998, heading up its press and information department. In 2001, she moved to Belgrade, Serbia, where she worked as a communications consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction.  



14:45 CET Access to webinar opens
15:00 CET Discussion begins
15:30 CET Q&A
15:50 CET Discussion closes



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