This programming document describes Eurofound’s planned work over the programming period 2017–2020. It sets out the policy and institutional context for the programme, describes the multiannual programme for the four-year period and sets out the work programme for 2017. The multiannual programme is based on six strategic areas of intervention, in which the Agency will implement a series of activities.
Every four years Eurofound reviews its strategy and the orientation to be given to its work and after widespread consultation prepares a four-year rolling programme. Within the context of the four-year programme, a detailed annual programme of work is prepared and proposed for adoption by the Governing Board.
The programmes are the outcome of detailed deliberations of the groups making up the Governing Board as well as with the Institutions of the Union.
20 December 2016 | Work programme
23 December 2015 | Work programme
The year 2016 marks the fourth and final year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe. The multiannual strategy laid down in the four-year programme provides Eurofound with a clear framework for the development of its annual programmes.
10 December 2014 | Work programme
The year 2015 marks the third year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe. The multiannual strategy laid down in the four-year programme provides Eurofound with a clear framework for the development of its annual programmes. The programme describes the policy context in which the Agency operates and defines the mission of the organisation and its core areas of expertise. It identifies four policy priority areas where Eurofound will provide high-quality, timely and policy-relevant knowledge as input to better informed policies. This is the Agency’s strategic objective for the 2013–2016 period.
11 December 2013 | Work programme
The focus of Eurofound’s 2014 work programme will be on providing knowledge that will help to address Europe’s employment and social crisis. In relation to employment, the Agency will continue to provide information on ongoing changes in the employment structure. To support policies aimed at combating unemployment, the focus will be on job creation in SMEs and on initiatives for young people. For those in employment, sustainable working conditions throughout working life, as well as company practices that improve both working conditions and company performance, will be central research interests. The social crisis experienced in many Member States is closely related to the tightening of public budgets. Public services will receive special attention, with research examining how access, quality and effectiveness are impacted by the crisis and aiming to identify where and how they have successfully adapted to the dual challenge of increased demand for services and declining resources. These questions will guide research on a number of specific services and on social benefits.
10 January 2013 | Work programme
In 2013, Eurofound will focus on developing its capacity in the area of policy evaluation. The aim is to improve support to policymakers in identifying and understanding which policies in the employment and social area have been more effective than others. Eurofound’s core activity of monitoring developments across Member States is of particular relevance in 2013 as increasing divergence between Member States is a key concern.
From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe - Four-year work programme 2013-201620 November 2012 | Work programme
As Eurofound embarks on a new four-year work programme, Europe faces some of its greatest challenges yet. Prospects for economic and social development in Europe and in other parts of the world are increasingly unclear. Drafted against this social and economic background and with these key imperatives to the fore, the priorities of this programme reflect clearly both the immediate challenge of coping with the crisis and the mid-term ambition to achieve progress towards a competitive and fair Europe – and this, of course, with the overall ambition of seeing Europe get ‘back on track’. Building on over 30 years of research and expertise serving Europe’s decision-makers – EU institutions, national governments and social partners – this programme presents the strategic framework for the work of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions for the period 2013 to 2016.
03 January 2012 | Work programme
The year 2012 marks the last year of Eurofound’s four-year 2009–2012 work programme Europe at work: Better life and opportunities for all. The drivers of change listed in the four-year-programme – globalisation, technological change, climate change and the demographic challenge – remain, but due to the financial and economic crisis, emphasis has shifted, and the impact of the crisis as well as the issues of stimulating growth and job creation have gained prominence. While continuing to focus on the completion of work under the current 4 year programme, the discussion on the priorities for the next four years will be a key part of Eurofound’s strategic work during 2012.
31 January 2011 | Work programme
The four drivers of change identified in Eurofound’s 2009-2012 work programme, globalisation, demographic change, technological change and climate change, remain challenges at global and European levels. These challenges are reflected in the Europe 2020 strategy. The demographic changes in particular are amplified in dealing with the impact of the recession. The impact of the economic and employment crisis sees greater emphasis on some socio-economic priorities, such as: Measures to stimulate job creation, competitiveness and employment; Labour market activation, youth employment and ageing workforce; Structural reforms in Member States to ensure long-term sustainability of their public finances and social protection systems; Reducing poverty and social exclusion. Against this background Eurofound will address in 2011 the growing challenges for: Sustainable, efficient and effective public sector; and Job creation, European structural weaknesses and competitiveness developments.
25 January 2010 | Work programme
This is the second annual programme of the four-year period and continues Eurofound’s work in the following three research focus areas: employment growth and supply of labour in changing labour markets, more and better jobs and higher productivity through partnership, and promotion of social inclusion and sustainable social protection. The 2010 programme gives more emphasis to the impacts of the current economic and financial crisis on the employment, working conditions and quality of life of Europeans. It will include crisis-related research on restructuring, labour markets and wages as analysed by the new European Jobs Monitor and studies on flexicurity. Longer-term impacts of the recession will be examined in the context of the combined effects of recession and demographic change, as well as studies of new forms of corporate ownership and governance; the impacts of the recession on social dialogue structures will also be considered.
09 February 2009 | Work programme
2009 is the first year of the four-year programme 2009–2012, which is designed to produce comparative analysis and forward looking studies of the impact of the key drivers of change: globalisation, technological innovation, demographic trends and climate change on living and working conditions in Europe. The programme aims to identify practical approaches and best practices to directing changes successfully as Europe moves towards the post-Lisbon era.