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In many European countries, the availability of psychological treatment in the public healthcare system is inadequate or even non-existent. Barriers such as long waiting lists, co-payments and inadequate resources push people with anxiety or depression – those who can afford it – to the private system.
Central and Eastern European member states need to bridge a huge gap in social spending, particularly in the area of family welfare payments. However, some of these countries already spend a relatively high share of social spending for family benefits.
Looking at life expectancy in European countries combined with retirement age, we see stark differences: Austrian women and Maltese men enjoy the longest retirement, while in Bulgaria this period is almost 10 years shorter for both women and men.
More than 11,000 retired Croatian are still working. Some of them seek a more active life, but the majority lives on the brink of poverty without any other option other than to keep working – a problem in common with many other European countries.
Crèche or grandparents? Forms of daycare vary between countries, with major implications for equality.
The OECD has just published a new report on the level of social expenditure.
Since 2007, spending on social programs within the EU has shown large contrasts, particularly between East and West. Repercussions of the 2008 crisis are clearly visible, as are policy changes in some countries.
A growing number of EU nationals working in the National Health Service are leaving England as a consequence of the referendum on British membership in the EU.
Every two years, the OECD publishes a very thorough report on pension schemes in OECD and G20 countries.
Data on the programmes supported by the European Structural Investment Funds and their implementation