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  • 28 September 2016
    European countries face the challenges of ageing populations supported by shrinking workforces, more precarious types of employment, and in many cases, a decreasing number of jobs in the wake of the economic crisis. As a result, the issue of how to enable more people to participate in the labour market and to continue to do so until an older age has become a key policy issue in all EU Member States. These challenges might be met by adopting an approach to work that puts sustainability at its centre. Sustainable work means that ‘living and working conditions are such that they support people in engaging and remaining in work throughout an extended working life’.
  • 14 September 2016
    The prevalence of structural problems in dwellings in the EU varies considerably between Member States. On average, 12% of EU residents report damp or leaks in their walls and roofs; 9% live in accommodation with rot in the windows, doors or floors; and 14% of resident indicate that they cannot afford to keep their home adequately warm. Such problems are most common in Cyprus, where 51% of dwellings have a structural deficiency, and least common in Austria and Sweden, where 92% of residents reported having no structural problems in their dwellings. Source:
  • 14 September 2016
    A new report from Eurofound – Developments in working life in Europe: EurWORK annual review 2015 – collates information based on research from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents. The correspondents report national-level information on industrial relations and working conditions for the Agency’s European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK). The material, published in the form of articles over the course of the year, focuses on major developments regarding the regulation of the employment relationship. It reviews and compares developments, highlighting similarities and differences among and across countries. It also seeks to report on debates related to working life, at EU and national levels. Read the report at
  • 14 September 2016
    The 11th European Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) took place in Milan over 8–10 September 2016. A corporate member of ILERA, Eurofound has played an active role in previous European and world congresses, contributing to the discussion and sharing information. It continued its contribution at this year’s congress, the theme of which – The future of representation – is particularly relevant to Eurofound’s work. The Agency presented material and hosted workshops on such topics as the prospects for European sectoral social dialogue; employment relations and the regulation of representation; trade union membership; and labour law and employment policy. Eurofound contributions to the congress are now available.
  • 14 September 2016
    Well-functioning social dialogue is a key component in implementing the reforms that will boost European competitiveness. A new report from Eurofound examines how management, employees and their representatives achieve common solutions to common problems. It identifies a number of elements of good practice, such as regular meetings between management and employees to follow up on decisions, continuous feedback (from both managers and employees) to facilitate adjustment to new practices, supporting employees in contributing to decision-making, and training to smooth the implementation of new measures. The research was based on 20 company case studies in five Member States in a sample drawn from Eurofound’s European Company Survey 2013. Read the report Win–win arrangements: Innovative measures through social dialogue at company level at
  • 14 September 2016
    With people living longer and birth rates falling across Europe, a priority of EU policy is to encourage Europeans to remain in work beyond current retirement ages, to minimise pressure on pension systems. At present, older workers often leave the workforce before statutory retirement age, with health problems and care responsibilities cited as common reasons. Many more people simply wish to work less. One possible way to balance this legitimate desire for a better work–life balance with the need to address demographic pressures is to make more widespread use of partial retirement schemes. These schemes enable older workers to reduce their working hours, while the loss of income is compensated for by a partial payment of their pension. At the same time, workers continue to earn and to contribute to that pension.
  • 14 September 2016
    The cost of people living in inadequate housing in the EU Member States is hitting economies to the tune of nearly €194 billion per year, a new report from Eurofound states. The cost of addressing the shortcomings of the housing stock would be in the region of €295 billion (at 2011 prices). However, the report maintains, the outlay could be quickly recouped from savings on healthcare and a range of publicly funded services. The effect of such investment would have a considerable impact on residents, improving their health and well-being. For example, for every €3 invested in basic measures, €2 would be paid back through savings in health and social care within one year.
  • 12 September 2016
    Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems. However, despite their clear potential, the practical experiences of partial retirement have shown mixed results, according to Eurofound's new report Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes: Partial retirement released today.
  • 07 September 2016
    Irish Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, met with Eurofound Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés and senior staff today to discuss sustainable work, new forms of employment, and inclusive labour markets.
  • 05 September 2016
    Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the fourth edition of its European Quality of Life Survey today. The survey, which offers a comprehensive picture of the views of people living across 33 countries including the EU Member States and candidate countries, will be carried out over the coming 13 weeks. The fourth edition of the European Quality of Life Survey covers 33 countries, 28 EU Member States and all five candidate countries: Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. In total, 35,800 people will be surveyed in the 33 countries, with an individual target sample of between 1,000 to 2,000 per country. The fieldwork is carried out simultaneously in all countries, coordinated by TNS Opinion in Belgium with local partners, starting on Monday 5 September and ending on 2 December 2016.