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  • 08 Febrero 2016
    Despite a return to economic growth, lone-parent families and large families with three or more dependent children face significant difficulties throughout Europe. In some countries more than eight out of ten lone-parent families are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. There are also large disparities between Member States, with families in some countries significantly more likely to have difficulty in making ends meet than others.
  • 08 Febrero 2016
    Small and medium-sized enterprises that are largely young, innovative, internationally-active and run by skilled managers are driving significant job growth across the European Union. But research from Eurofound highlights that while SMEs were responsible for a massive 71% of employment growth in the non-financial business economy in 2014, there is urgent need for further tailored support if a more rigorous recovery is to be realised. These are some of the findings of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) annual report for 2015, which looks specifically at the issue of job creation in SMEs. The report identifies which types of SMEs are dynamic job creators and determines their main drivers and barriers for job creation. SMEs, defined by the European Commission as companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of up to €50 million, are hugely significant to Europe’s economy, accounting for 67% of total employment across the EU28.
  • 05 Febrero 2016
    Eurofound has published a new article on the statutory minimum wage levels in Europe. This article provides an overview of the minimum wage rates as of 1 January 2016, explains how they were set, and presents relevant discussions on minimum wages at national level.
  • 28 Enero 2016
    In the wake of the crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. However, in the face of rising unemployment and financial strain, there is an increased need for some healthcare services, while decreased disposable income has made access to healthcare more difficult for many households in the EU. In this context, policymakers and service providers are faced with the challenge of maintaining access to healthcare services.
  • 27 Enero 2016
    The 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’. The activities proposed in the annual programme for 2016 are designed to contribute to achieving Eurofound’s strategic objective of providing high-quality, timely and policy-relevant knowledge as input to better informed policies, in four priority areas:
  • 26 Enero 2016
    A new report from Eurofound, Families in the economic crisis: Changes in policy measures in the EU, describes the situation and experience of families during the economic crisis and examines how family-focused policies have changed since 2010. Using in-depth analyses of developments in 10 EU Member States, it finds that, in some countries, benefits have been reduced, affecting disadvantaged families disproportionately. Meanwhile, other countries have introduced measures to help those families worst affected by the economic crisis. The report stresses that lone parents, and large families with three children or more, face the greatest difficulties; it also notes a shift towards greater means-tested support, which poses the risk of creating new groups of disadvantaged families.
  • 26 Enero 2016
    At the start of a new year, Eurofound is putting in place new initiatives, and bringing existing ones to a close, with new work programmes being complemented by a schedule of rebranding. As with every year, January marks the launch of Eurofound’s annual work programme, the last in the current four-year programme. Among other highlights, the programme for 2016 will deliver the overview report for the Agency’s sixth European Working Conditions Survey. And over the course of the year, work will be finalised on the four-year programme for the period 2017–2020.
  • 26 Enero 2016
    On 16 December, Eurofound welcomed back some of its retired colleagues at the final celebration of its 40th anniversary, at the Agency’s Dublin premises. Pictured from left (back row) are Seán Griffin, Michael Cosgrave, Doris Hirschfeld, Brian Moore, Eberhard Koehler, Kevin O’Kelly and (front) Louise Shanley, Leslie Privett, Patricia Kingston, Helen Ritchie, Kay Flynn and Heather Brown. 
  • 26 Enero 2016
    In December 2015, Eurofound published a package of material on issues related to mobility and migration in the EU, including two key reports: Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services and Challenges of policy coordination for third-country nationals. This second report looks at policy coordination between Member States and the role of the social partners in relation to third-country migration.
  • 26 Enero 2016
    Eurofound has recently published a set of new working life country profiles, covering all 28 EU Member States and Norway. Containing a wealth of information on key aspects of working life in the 29 countries, these new profiles supersede the previous country profiles devoted solely to information on industrial relations. To be updated annually, they complement other research from the Agency, providing relevant background information on the structures, institutions and regulations underpinning working life.

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