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  • 11 June 2020
    Eurofound went back to the future in a recent contribution to an online exhibition by the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU) in Florence to celebrate International Archives Day which marks the founding of the International Council on Archives (ICA) on 9 June 1948. For the exhibition, Eurofound’s archivist selected an extract from a proposal in the Agency’s 1982 work programme on the impact of ‘télétravail’ on working and living conditions. It is striking that the areas identified for investigation in the research almost 40 years ago are as relevant today.
  • 21 May 2020
    Governments, social partners, businesses and other institutions have moved swiftly to implement measures to control the spread of COVID-19 across Europe and to mitigate the social and economic impact of the pandemic. In order to track these diverse initiatives across Europe, Eurofound has launched COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, a new database collating and mapping the policy responses introduced in Member States, along with the UK and Norway, during this critical period.
  • 15 May 2020
    The OSH Barometer is the first data visualisation tool with up-to-date information on the status of and trends in occupational safety and health (OSH) in European countries. The tool consists of four groups of indicators on a range of OSH topics, such as OSH authorities, national strategies, working conditions and OSH statistics. You can visualise and compare data, generate graphics and download reports on specific topics.
  • 07 May 2020
    The first results from Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey show a Europe grappling to respond to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with many respondents reporting high levels of loneliness coupled with low levels of optimism about their future. Overall, people are showing some decrease in their well-being. People across the EU are also reporting very low levels of trust in the EU and in their national governments. The survey findings also confirm an increase in telework and, for a growing number of respondents, a feeling of insecurity regarding their jobs with a dramatic decrease in working time. Finally, the survey paints a stark picture of Europeans across the 27 Member States who have seen their economic situation worsen and are deeply concerned about their financial future.
  • 27 April 2020
    The coronavirus outbreak shows the critical importance of sound occupational safety and health measures and conditions in all sectors of activity. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published guidance for workplaces, compiling the most significant information and advice available on the coronavirus outbreak.
  • 26 March 2020
    The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents unprecedented health, social and economic challenges for Europe, and has profound implications for the way people live and work across the globe. One of the changes that it is already having is the proportion of people working from home, as governments put in place social distancing and isolation measures. Eurofound research shows which countries already had the highest rates of people doing telework, or ICT-based mobile work, in Europe.
  • 24 March 2020
    The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and the economic and social challenges that it entails, comes at a time when many vulnerable groups in Europe were already exposed to debt and arrears, according to Eurofound’s new research on household indebtedness. The pandemic could also exacerbate an already divergent situation in the EU, with some countries in southern and eastern Europe disproportionately affected by debt, arrears and risk of poverty.
  • 16 March 2020
    In light of the escalating impact of the Coronavirus, Eurofound continues to take all appropriate action to protect its staff and continue to deliver on the Agency´s mission. Staff have been requested to work from home as of Monday 16 March. Contact with the Agency continues via the central number 01-2043100 or via the staff member’s direct number or email.
  • 06 March 2020
    Eurofound’s pan-European data on quality of life and economic developments at regional level is being made available as part of EU Datathon 2020. The EU Datathons are annual open data competitions organised by the Publications Office of the EU to create new value for citizens through innovation and promoting the use of open data produced by the EU institutions.
  • 02 March 2020
    New calculations from Eurofound show that the difference in female and male employment rates cost the EU, including the United Kingdom, over €360 billion in 2018. This updated aggregate figure builds upon previous research done by Eurofound on the gender employment gap in 2013. Eurofound researchers have noted that reductions in the cost of the gender employment gap in the EU stagnated between 2015 and 2018, and there are indications that it may be starting to grow again; partially driven by recovery in employment in male-dominated industries.

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