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- 14 May 2013 Press release
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. 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.
- 2 May 2013 Event
Irish Presidency conference on the Social Investment Package
Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound's Director, will co-chair the workshop on Investment at the conference in Leuven, Belgium, today and tomorrow. High level speakers include José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council; László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Joan Burton, Irish Minister for Social Protection. We highlight Eurofound's contribution to this important issue, which was in the spotlight on 20 February when the European Commission published its strategy to tackle the challenges.
- 29 April 2013 News
European Day of Solidarity between Generations
The objective of this annual celebration is to make the European Union more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population, as well as have intergenerational solidarity high on the EU agenda. Eurofound contributes to the awareness-raising campaign on how to rethink the concept of solidarity between generations, and to promote active ageing, by presenting its most recent findings and policy pointers in this area.
- 10 April 2013 Event
Keeping older workers in the labour market: quality of working life policies
This Eurofound - Social Partners lunch debate, taking place in Brussels on 23 April, will focus on policy factors and approaches at national or sectoral level taken by governments and social partners in order to keep older workers in the labour market especially through the improvement of working conditions.
- 15 March 2013 Press release
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.
- 13 March 2013 News
Advance information: forthcoming call for tender for national and EU-level correspondents
Within the next few months Eurofound will launch a public call for tenders for the work of national (and European-level) correspondents to provide expert national inputs of key importance for the European debate.
- 5 March 2013 Just published
Parenting support in Europe
European Member States provide support for parenting in many different ways, from very practical medical-based interventions to programmes that aim to increase the confidence and self-esteem of parents and thus improve their relationship with their children. This report gives an up-to-date overview of the main elements of parenting support services and the structure of services across Europe.