With ten new Member States joining the European Union in May 2004 and other applications in waiting, Europe’s social portrait changes profoundly. Several myths and prejudices prevail. This new report shatters some of these and provides a snapshot of the widely varying situation regarding quality of life issues in the enlarged Europe. Drawing on the results of Eurobarometer surveys carried out in the EU and the 13 acceding and candidate countries (ACC), it examines different quality of life issues such as social exclusion and integration, working conditions, income and deprivation, migration, and fertility and family support.
With the objective of raising employment rates of older people the EU is promoting policies aimed at abolishing early retirement schemes, setting up more flexible working hours, improving health and safety, and developing access to lifelong learning. This report examines the measures taken by seven countries to target these objectives. It identifies successful elements in terms of quality of work and employment.
Examining quality of life in 28 European countries, including the acceding and candidate countries as well as the current Member States of the EU, this report provides, for the first time, an analysis of views and experiences of the citizens of the new Europe on aspects relating to fertility and family size, as well as responsibility for care and household tasks. The analysis is based on data from the European Commission’s Eurobarometer survey carried out in the acceding and candidate countries in Spring 2002 and standard EU 15 Eurobarometers.
Communiqué contains the following articles: Overall dissatisfaction with health services across 28 countries; Moderate pay increases across Europe in 2003; Stable year for industrial relations; Advisor bids farewell to the Foundation; 71st Administrative Board meeting; Living to work – working to live; Promoting EU-level social policy; Major differences in collectively agreed holidays across Europe; Increase in number of web users.
The fourth annual programme of work based on the Foundation's four-year programme 2001-2004: Analysing and anticipating change to support socio-economic progress. Among the aims of the programme are: strengthen collaboration and the sharing of results with the European Commission and other EU Institutions; finalise work started in 2001-2003 and move towards consolidation and dissemination of results; prepare for the implementation of the new four-year programme 2005-2008; strengthen transversal activities in the three core areas of expertise (Living Conditions, Working Conditions, Industrial Relations) and EMCC; reinforce customer orientation; and continue to incorporate the acceding and candidate countries in all main areas of activity.
Communiqué contains the following articles: Quality of life in an enlarged Europe; Parental leave in the European Union; Comparing quality of life in Estonia with the rest of Europe; Industrial relations in Europe - a snapshot; EWCs lead to better industrial relations at company level; New Chairman of Foundation's Administrative Board.
Communiqué contains the following articles: Similar perceptions of quality of life across Europe; Higher collective bargaining levels in EU than Japan, USA; Part-time workers still experience adverse working conditions; Spotlight on working conditions in two sectors; Migration levels likely to be low, survey reveals; A road map for conflict resolution; Managing the challenge of an ageing workforce; Working conditions: an international comparison; Europe’s small economies worst hit by industrial restructuring cases; Sharpening Europe’s competitive edge; Full utilisation of 2003 budget.
This report looks at the challenges to social protection systems brought about by these flexible forms of work and new working time arrangements. It puts the spotlight on the problems arising from an ageing social protection system and the current pension reform. Drawing on information from six Member States representative of the various welfare systems throughout the EU, it explores possible solutions for the redeployment of social protection in the light of the current trend towards increasing flexibility.
This document summarises the findings of a research report from the European Foundation for the Improvement and Living Conditions (EF03107), drawing on the results of Eurobarometer surveys carried out in the EU and the 13 acceding and candidate countries. The report takes a comparative look at health and health care across 28 countries. Examining quality of life across 28 European countries, the report provides an analysis of the views and experiences of the citizens of the new Europe on their personal health and health care services.
Examining quality of life in 28 European countries, including the acceding and candidate countries as well as the current Member States of the EU, this report explores how Europeans perceive their health, to what extent they display healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, how easily they can access their national health care system and how satisfied they are with its performance.The analysis is based on data from the European Commission’s Eurobarometer survey carried out in the acceding and candidate countries in Spring 2002 and standard EU 15 Eurobarometers.