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  • 34 article(s)

    With millions unemployed, the poor state of the labour market is having a very serious impact on living and working conditions in Europe. Policies to address the jobs crisis by creating new jobs and safeguarding existing ones are a very high priority for the EU and for national governments. Employment – Jobs in Europe addresses employment policy - the changing nature of work in Europe, job creation, restructuring in organisations and labour market trends. Read the overview article.

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    Young people have been hit particularly hard by the crisis. Across Europe millions of them are effectively disengaged – not in employment, education or training. As well as the severe impact on these young people and their families, there is an enormous social and economic cost to this disengagement. Youth in Europe covers economic and social issues affecting young people – education and training, unemployment, social inclusion, labour market integration, health problems, quality of life, mobility and migration. Read the overview article.

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    Many Europeans have experienced a worsening of their standard of living in recent years. How have housing, education, health and care services been affected in terms of access, affordability and quality? How can public services be reformed to deal with new needs and reduced budgets? Quality of life, citizens and public services deals with the challenge of improving life quality and services for Europe’s citizens – standards of living, public service quality and accessibility and social cohesion in the face of economic and social disparities. Read the overview article.

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    Europe is ageing. Older people make up an increasing share of the EU population and by 2060 it is predicted that those aged over 65 will be 30% of the population, sharply up on current levels. This demographic ageing has significant implications for society and work, including the need to provide services for an ageing population and pressure for some people to work to an older age. Older people considers the range of issues relating to the ageing population and how they are being addressed. Read the overview article.

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    To ensure that social support systems remain viable as Europe’s population ages, it is critical that more people work and that workers stay in work for longer over their lifetimes. These twin goals will be achieved only if workers are healthy, qualified and motivated to stay in work for longer and if the wider societal supports are in place to enable people to access work. Sustainable work covers the many areas of enquiry pertinent to ensuring that people are able and available to work; quality of work is a central theme, as are policies supporting work and employment. Read the overview article.

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    Win–win practices in the workplace benefit both workers and the companies they work in. Certain practices that are known to underpin or facilitate win–win arrangements, although there are many ways for companies to achieve win–win arrangements.  Implementing practices that lead to better results for both workers and companies has the potential to contribute to economic growth. Win-win practices describes research in this area and Eurofound's work. Read the overview article.

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    The internal free movement of labour has been high on the EU policy agenda for some years. The role of mobility and migration as a contributor to well-functioning labour markets has to be analysed in combination with the wider impact on society, given the need for adequate services and integration measures. Mobility and migration covers the challenges arising for Member States and how they are responding to the employment and social consequences. Read the overview article

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    Social dialogue – in which representatives of workers and employers communicate, consult and negotiate – has a central place in the guiding principles of the EU. It forms a cornerstone of the competitive social market economy on which the European social model is based, providing a means of improving public governance and a tool for economic and social reform, which contributes to the growth and employment goals of the Union.