Observatories

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Eurofound structures much of its work in the form of two observatories: EMCC, the European Monitoring Centre on Change and EurWORK, the European Observatory of Working Life.

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)

The EMCC looks at the economic and social developments that drive change in European labour markets and identifies emerging labour market trends. Within it, the European Restructuring Monitor provides up-to-date analysis on company restructuring, plus details of relevant legislation and support initiatives. Its findings are presented in searchable databases, in a quarterly bulletin, and in annual reports.

Meanwhile, the European Jobs Monitor describes shifts in employment at Member State and EU level, showing in which jobs employment is growing, or contracting, and the implications of this for job quality.

European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK)

EurWORK monitors – on a comparative basis – key developments in industrial relations and working conditions that affect work in all Member States and at the European level. It seeks to contribute to the development of evidence-based policymaking and practices that improve the quality of working life. EurWORK provides:

  • Expert analysis on specific topics
  • Comparative studies
  • Articles and news updates on working life
  • Annual reports on key developments
  • Industrial relations country profiles
  • Other country-specific information
  • European industrial relations dictionary

For both observatories, Eurofound works with a network of European correspondents. These experts, covering all 28 Member States (plus Norway) and the EU-level, assess current national situations, prepare case studies and reports, analyse findings and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis – across the EU28 and beyond.