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  • 16 Mayo 2016
    [Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Andrea Fromm introduce the new report on preventing the trafficking of labour here.]   Workers are mobile and can move freely within the EU single market across borders. In order to protect these workers from being exploited and enables businesses to engage in fair competition, the EU has strong legislation in place. But does that mean that trafficking does not exist within the EU’s borders?
  • 06 Mayo 2016
    A mix of factors influences whether an SME creates jobs. Identifying those SMEs with job-creation potential is important so that any public support is wisely allocated.
  • 27 Abril 2016
    Some of the 33,000-plus labour market intermediaries operating in Europe recruit or transfer workers unlawfully, deceiving them about the nature of the job, the employer, the location, or other work conditions. Regulation of intermediaries is an important measure to combat trafficking for labour exploitation, as is the involvement of social partners.
  • 26 Abril 2016
    ** Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Sara Riso introduce the Start-up support for young people publication here.** The new Eurofound report ‘Start-up support for young people: From implementation to evaluation’ maps the variety of publicly supported interventions on youth entrepreneurship and reviews a range of policy evaluations assessing their impact and effectiveness.
  • 20 Abril 2016
    One year after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker relaunched European social dialogue at a high-level conference in Brussels, find out what progress has been made and how Eurofound has contributed to the work.
  • 19 Abril 2016
    The Netherlands took over the Presidency of the European Council from Luxembourg on 1 January 2016. The Netherlands Presidency will be focusing on four priority areas:Migration and international security, Europe as an innovator and job creator, Sound finances and a robust eurozone, and Forward-looking climate and energy policy. This work is being done within the framework of priorities agreed with the Council of the European Union by the three Presidencies for the period between January 2016 and June 2017 - the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.
  • 06 Abril 2016
    The following article, originally written by Brian Sheehan from IRN Publishing for Eurofound's European Observatory of Working Life (EurWork), gives an overview of the reasons behind the decision to raise Ireland's National Minimum Wage (NMW) to above the 2007 level for the first time. The new rate was implemented on 1 January 2016, and followed on from a recommendation in the Low Pay Commission’s first annual report to increase the NMW by 50 cents per hour to a new hourly rate of €9.15. To read the original article please go
  • 31 Marzo 2016
    This year 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’. Eurofound is projected to release up to 100 reports this year on a number of issues closely related to this overall topic. Many of Eurofound’s publications are particularly relevant for EU policy-makers, business leaders, trade unionists, journalists and academics with an interest in a specific subject area. However, a number of reports and studies are also of significant interest to the general public in both Europe and beyond. Eurofound extensively promotes 12 publications per year via both traditional and social media, as well as through public events and exhibitions. Below is a projection of the headline publications for 2016.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    Portugal has the highest emigration rate as a proportion of its population in the EU, a rate that is currently at its highest for more than 40 years. With a marked increase in the relocation of the skilled Portuguese workforce – most notably to the UK, France and Germany – Eurofound looks at how official unemployment figures are distorted by an increase in emigration and the exclusion of those on vocational training, employment programmes and ‘discouraged workers’. These figures have been the subject of debate for some time, with the government and trade unions – among others – having differing views of how they are made up, the latter citing employment policies that encourage emigration as a way of adjusting economic stability.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    For more than a century, the world has marked International Women’s Day. This year, on Tuesday 8 March, the theme for the worldwide campaign was gender parity. Eurofound’s web page dedicated to the day highlights the disparity that still prevails across Europe, as shown by the Agency’s research findings.