Eurofound News January 2009
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Looking ahead to a new year
January sees the start of Eurofound’s new work programme for 2009–2012: ‘Europe at work: Better opportunities for all’. The programme will cover three broad research areas: ‘Employment growth and management of demand and supply of labour’, ‘More and better jobs and productivity through partnership’ and ‘Promotion of social inclusion and sustainable social protection’. In particular, it will examine the impact of the key drivers of change – globalisation, technology, demography and climate change – on living and working conditions in Europe. As part of the new work programme, Eurofound will also be introducing more ad hoc and customised research in response to emerging issues, aimed at meeting the specific information needs of key users.
In the middle of January, fieldwork will begin on the European Company Survey 2009, Eurofound’s second pan-European organisational survey. Plans are being made for Eurofound’s involvement in three key conferences as part of the Czech Presidency: on the social and labour market inclusion of migrants, flexicurity and social protection, and upskilling in response to patterns of employment change. In the autumn, Eurofound plans to launch a new initiative, European Employment Trends (EET), which will look at patterns of change of employment and wage structure across the Union.
Preparations are also already underway for the fourth Foundation Forum, to be held in Dublin in November as part of a wide-scale programme of events planned for 2009. In addition, Eurofound’s ongoing collaboration with other EU agencies will in the coming year be expanded to include the European Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Institute for Gender Equality.