Eurofound Talks - A podcast series

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Welcome to Eurofound Talks:
A podcast series tackling key topics related to living and working in Europe today

Drawing on the insight of experts, the series explores critical social rights issues on the EU and national agenda, how they affect our individual lives and work, and what can be done to shape a better future for us all.

Eurofound Talks to you about topics such as sustainable work, the future of Europe, the impact of COVID-19 on living and working conditions, and more.  

The podcast is a production of Eurofound – the tripartite EU Agency mandated to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies – and is hosted by Head of Information and Communication, Mary McCaughey.




Latest episodes

Episode 7 – Minimum wages

9 June 2022 - 15m 31s – Minimum wages and minimum wage setting processes are not just issues of high political importance in Europe, but also everyday concerns for low-wage earners throughout the EU. In this episode of EurofoundTalks we speak with Senior Research Manager Christine Aumayr-Pintar on the importance of minimum wages in the EU, different processes in place, the latest EU developments in ensuring adequate minimum wages, and the growing issue of inflation for low-wage earners.

Episode 6 – Living and working in Europe: Past, present and future

9 May 2022 - 19m 09s – Our podcast series Eurofound Talks returns to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May, with an overview of our work from the past year. This research and analysis, shared by five of our resident experts, is showcased in our newly-released annual yearbook ‘Living and working in Europe’, which notes trends and changes – both positive and negative – in the way citizens across the EU work today, and serves as a guide to policymakers at EU and Member State level.

Episode 5 – Social Europe more urgent than ever, with Nicolas Schmit

29 March 2022 - 23m 27s – In this edition of Eurofound Talks, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit visits Eurofound in Dublin to talk about implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights and making Europe a better, fairer, greener and more digital place to live and work.

Episode 4 – Gender equality

7 March 2022 - 39m 41s – A Eurofound Talks podcast for International Women’s Day and interview with the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Episode 3 – The impact of COVID-19 on young people in the EU

16 December 2021 - 13m 57s – In this podcast we will look at the situation of young people in Europe today – their quality of life their work and career prospects. We will discuss what COVID-19 has done to their mental well-being, their independence, as well as broader intergenerational solidarity. We will also speak about the proposed European Year of Youth 2022, and whether this is something than can make a real difference.

Episode 2 – The future of living and working in Europe

8 December 2021 – 15m 07s – In this podcast we will deal with the core of what it’s all about for Europeans, across 27 countries, young and old, urban, rural, rich and poor – we will look at some of the critical challenges facing us all today and explore what is likely to be in fact the Future of Living and working in Europe

Episode 1 – Sustainable work

1 December 2021 – 15m 25s – A podcast on a priority focus of the current Slovenian EU Presidency and a subject which spans a broad range of issues touching on both living and working conditions – we call it ‘sustainable work’.

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