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  • 13 May 2013
    Eurofound publishes new comparative research on restructuring in SMEs in Europe: Understanding restructuring in SMEs in Europe Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) make up more than 99% of European businesses and account for about two thirds of private sector employment. SMEs are subject to change as large businesses, but public and policy discussions on restructuring is mainly focused on large-scale restructuring because of the greater immediate effects, often neglecting specific characteristics and needs of SMEs. Eurofound has carried out comparative research to highlight the challenges facing restructuring in SMEs in Europe, specifically in the area of policy and support measures.  This package of research, which includes a database of 85 company case examples, is presented to members of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, today.
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  • 23 April 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. Industrial relations in the EU at a glance Do you need to understand how industrial relations work in each of the EU Member States? Who are the main actors, how does social partnership operate in practice and what are the main issues on the collective bargaining agenda?
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  • 23 April 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. Promoting investment in social cohesion Social investment involves helping people to deal with life’s challenges, and so create a stronger, more resilient society. In a time of economic crisis, this is especially critical.
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  • 17 April 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. News in pictures Percentage of people in Europe who attended a meeting of a trade union, political party or action group in last 12 months. The countries with the highest participation rates are Sweden, Denmark and Luxembourg; the ones with the lowest are Hungary, Greece and Portugal. Source: European Quality of Life Survey 2012
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  • 16 April 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. Latest publications Employment polarisation and job quality in the crisis: European Jobs Monitor 2013 (Executive summary in 25 languages) Greening of industries in the EU: database of cases
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  • 16 April 2013
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  • 11 April 2013
    Eurofound publishes its Second European Quality of Life Survey (2EQLS) Czechs rate the quality of their health care system and access to it on a par with countries of the former EU15 Czechs rate the quality of their health care system and access to it on a par with countries of the former EU15, well above many of the new EU Member States, according to the Second European Quality of Life Survey (2EQLS), carried out by Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency. Czechs rate the quality of their transport system equally positively. The trust in political institutions among the Czech population is however among the lowest in Europe. The survey, to be launched under the Czech EU Presidency in Prague on 25 March, also reveals that Europeans are generally satisfied with their quality of life despite big variations between both levels of life satisfaction and happiness, especially among the 12 new EU Member States.
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  • 11 April 2013
    Eurofound publishes its Second European Quality of Life Survey (2EQLS) Luxembourgers rate their public transport system as the best in Europe Luxembourgers rate their public transport system as the best in Europe, and the quality of and access to their health system is ranked equally high, among the top five in Europe, according to the Second European Quality of Life Survey (2EQLS), carried out by Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency. One in three in Luxembourg report high tension between racial and ethnic groups. The survey, to be launched under the Czech EU Presidency in Prague on 25 March, also reveals that Europeans are generally satisfied with their quality of life despite big variations between both levels of life satisfaction and happiness, especially among the 12 new EU Member States.
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  • 15 March 2013
    Eurofound publishes its European Jobs Monitor 2013: A polarising crisis: higher paid jobs prove most resilient More than four years after the onset of the economic and social crisis, there are five million fewer people in work in the 27 European Union Member States. Eurofound’s second annual European Jobs Monitor report ‘Employment polarisation and job quality in the crisis’ finds that the destruction of employment during the crisis has been sharpest in mid-paying jobs, while sparing in large part jobs at either end of the wage distribution. Higher paid jobs in service sectors in particular have proved most resilient.
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  • 14 March 2013
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