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Social dialogue

Social dialogue can be defined as negotiations, consultations, joint actions, discussions and information-sharing involving employers and workers. Well-functioning social dialogue is a key tool to shape working conditions, involving a variety of actors at various levels. It balances worker and employer interests and contributes to both economic ...

Well-functioning and inclusive labour markets

Well-functioning labour markets are a prerequisite for making full use of the job creation potential of the economy as it emerges from the financial and economic crisis. The labour market consequences of the economic crisis had a very different impact on the Member States and some groups such as the young and those with low education were partic...

Monitoring structural change and managing restructuring

Eurofound monitors and analyses the implications of structural change in the economy for Europe’s labour markets and employment. It seeks to provide answers, in the first instance, to the basic question of where employment is growing and where it is declining. It approaches this question from many angles – such as sector, occupation ...

Innovation and job creation in companies

Creating and retaining more jobs in European companies involves a range of external factors, as well as innovation within companies to improve competitiveness. Innovation – changes in products, processes and in other aspects of their businesses – can help companies adapt to changed circumstances, add value and become more competitive...

Quality of life and quality of society

In addition to individual circumstances and conditions, the quality of society has a major impact on citizens’ well-being. In recent years Europeans have reported a declining trust in society and institutions, societal tensions, economic and social insecurity as well as perceived inequalities and lack of fairness. With policymakers looking...

Public services

Public services are essential for achieving high levels of social protection, social cohesion and social inclusion. But it is the quality of and access to services that determines their success across a changing social and demographic landscape. The challenge for policymakers is to ensure the design and delivery of health and social services tha...

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