Economic news may have improved for some Member States of the European Union in 2011, but for many citizens uncertainty about the future and the ability to maintain standards of living are ongoing issues. Eurofound’s third Yearbook reflects these realities. It presents some of the main findings of our research and describes the key developments that shape the lives and the work of European citizens and their families.
02 July 2012 | Annual report
26 June 2012 | Annual report
This is the annual activity report of the Authorising Officer for the year 2011. The report describes Eurofound's activities, particularly its research and information and communication programmes, in relation to the objectives set in the Work Programme 2011.
21 November 2011 | Annual report
Structural change is a general characteristic of economic development, driven by shifts in relative productivity and demand, technological or socioeconomic changes. To adapt to a changing economic environment, companies undergo restructuring to maintain or improve their competitiveness and, hence, sustainability. While restructuring is essential to the dynamism of the European economy, it can entail difficulties for employees. The ERM annual report 2011 looks at the whole range of instruments available in the EU to mitigate the negative effects that it may have for both companies and employees and introduces around 400 of them in an online database. The ERM annual report also presents an overview and analysis of restructuring activities in Europe as captured by the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM).
06 October 2011 | Annual report
This second annual Yearbook on Living and working in Europe 2010 aims to convey the main findings of some of Eurofound's key currents of research – in particular, results and analysis from its three pan-European surveys on company practices, working conditions and quality of life. All the surveys now enable us to paint some pictures of trends over time, crucial for understanding how Europe is developing and the changing challenges it is encountering. Not least among these challenges is the creation of a truly multicultural European society, a task being undertaken daily by both majority and minority communities. As detailed in last year’s publication, European governments and social partners are still dealing with the effects of the economic crisis; in many countries, short-time working schemes were extended or introduced as one response. Eurofound’s Yearbook also outlines how such responses to the crisis may also provide an opportunity, highlighting ways of adapting such schemes to combine both greater flexibility and greater security. Such adaptation can only take place with the cooperation of the social partners: the Yearbook 2010 looks at how both trade unions and employer organisations are adapting to meet the challenges of changing times.
17 July 2011 | Annual report
This is the annual activity report of the Authorising Officer for the year 2010. The report describes Eurofound's activities, particularly its research and information and communication programmes, in relation to the objectives set in the Work Programme 2010.
23 November 2010 | Annual report
In the face of recession, falling demand and the consequent slowing of production, short-time working and temporary layoff schemes have been extended (or introduced) in many Member States. These schemes, often with the aid of public funds, reduce working time, while protecting workers’ incomes and company solvency; frequently, the time spent not working is used for training instead. This report examines the practice of reduced working time across Europe, and looks in detail at how it is implemented in 10 Member States, with a view to determining the contribution that such schemes can make in implementing the common principles of flexicurity, especially in light of the broad-based consensus they enjoy among the social partners.
07 July 2010 | Annual report
This Yearbook sets out to distil Eurofound’s key findings during 2009. The first to be published as part of Eurofound’s four-year work programme ‘Better work, better life’, the 2009 Yearbook can deliver only a partial picture of Eurofound’s research findings, given the breadth of the work undertaken every year. However, as a glance through the Yearbook reveals, the impact of the recession dominated Eurofound research across its various areas of expertise. Moreover, Eurofound’s periodic, longitudinal research proved its worth, demonstrating the changes that have followed in the wake of the downturn to date.
27 June 2010 | Annual report
This is the annual activity report of the Authorising Officer for the year 2009. The impact of the recession dominated Eurofound’s research across its various areas of expertise: working conditions, industrial relations, living conditions and anticipation and management of industrial change.
22 November 2009 | Annual report
Over the course of 2008 and 2009, the world economy experienced one of the most serious recessions in modern times. In July 2009, 22 million men and women were unemployed throughout Europe, five million more than a year previously. Moreover, the situation may well still have further to play out: experience of previous recessions suggests that the full effect of the downturn upon employment has yet to materialise. Eurofound’s analysis of restructuring and job loss over the past year is collated and reviewed in this, the fourth annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor. Analysing the effects of the recession upon employment, it also looks in detail how particular sectors, countries and occupations have been affected, and examines a range of responses that have been taken to safeguard employment - at the company, Member State and European level.
16 November 2009 | Annual report
This year’s annual review of industrial relations developments in the European Union, Japan and the US, as well as in the emerging economies of Brazil and China, is set against the background of the global financial and economic crisis that developed in the summer of 2008. As recession has hit countries worldwide, weakening labour markets and causing unemployment to rise, governments have issued stimulus packages to combat the crisis. This report explores the impact of the crisis on developments in industrial relations in the EU, Brazil, China, Japan and the US over the period 2008–2009. It charts the similarities and trends, as well as the differences in structure and developments between these five major economies, followed by an outline of priority issues for the social partners and a range of measures that could improve the global economic outlook.