Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from
research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articleson working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.
The entry into the workforce of large numbers of the Millennial generation
(those born between 1980 and 2000) over the last decade or so has given them
the power to reshape the rules of play at work. As a result, practitioners
have become increasingly interested in this new generation. A study (210Kb
PDF)  by the Vlerick Management School (De Vos and De Hauw, 2010) sought
to investigate the effect of generational, contextual and individual
influences on Millennials’ career expectations.
Poland was the only country in the EU where gross domestic product (GDP) grew
(by 1.7%) during the 2008–2009 global financial crisis. However, this has
been overshadowed by budgetary problems facing the right-wing liberal
government of the Civic Platform (PO ). In order to keep the public debt
at 55% of GDP, the government proposed several austerity measures in its
budget for 2011:
The Commission staff working document (237Kb PDF) , published by the
Commission on 23 July 2010, shows that more than 500 texts have been produced
as a result of sectoral social dialogue, including joint opinions and
responses to consultations, autonomous agreements, and agreements that have
been given legal force by means of a directive. The legally-binding texts are
In March 2010, a public committee set up to review the state of industrial
democracy in Norway presented its recommendations in the form of a
comprehensive report (in Norwegian)  (NOU 2010: 1). The recommendations
show that there is a general consensus about the importance of the present
arrangements for codetermination and participation in Norwegian working life.
The social partner organisations however disagree on issues such as that of
extending the current provisions to smaller companies, groups of companies
and/or on the extension of rights and responsibilities held by safety
officers and working environment committees.
On 13 July 2010, the Council of Ministers introduced a bill that increases
the legal age of retirement from 60 to 62 years and increases the pension
contributions of civil servants – see government position paper (in French)
. The bill was defended by Minister of Labour Eric Woerth, and was subject
to examination by the National Assembly and the Senate before being discussed
by parliament at its plenary session from 7 September. The government intends
to adopt the legislation ‘at the end of October’ according to French
President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Telecom Italia  is the biggest telecommunications group in Italy. It was
created by the merger of five state-controlled companies in 1994 and was
later privatised in 1997. According to data from Telecom Italia in March
2010, it employs 70,965 employees and operates in all areas of
telecommunications (fixed, mobile and internet, multimedia and television).
It is also present on the international market.
On 31 July 2010, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR ), an
influential think-tank, and Internocracy , a campaign group representing
interns, published the report. It called for recent university graduates and
other young people undertaking internships to be paid a ‘fair wage’. The
report argued that employers offering unpaid internships, or paying interns
less than the national minimum wage  (NMW) were breaking the law.
Techspace Aero  is a company based in Herstal (Wallonia), manufacturing
components for aeronautical engines. For 18 days, from 12 March until 30
March 2010, all the company’s blue-collar workers were on strike. They were
protesting against a management decision to end the existing early retirement
scheme at the age of 58 years. As indicated by the Belgian General Federation
of Metal (FGTB-Métal/ABVV-Metaal ) and the Confederation of Christian
Trade Unions – Metal (ACV-CSC Metea ), the company’s workforce is
ageing, with a mean age of 49–50 years, and the recent excellent profits of
Techspace Aero more than justify the preservation of the scheme.
Overall, household debt levels have risen sharply over the past decades in EU Member States. While certain levels of household debts can be beneficial, they can become problematic especially with a sudden, unexpected decrease of incomes or increase of expenditures. The current financial crisis caused unemployment levels to rise, with the lagged impact still to be felt. This combination of factors lead to increased over-indebtedness among households. The participants in the workshop that took place in June 2010 discussed preventive and alleviative measures and the role of social services in this matter. They mapped current and planned activities of the different organisations, identified needs for further research, and discussed a potential future role for Eurofound. A working paper is available.
This project was conducted by means of five case studies, and an online survey and interviews with experts from companies, research institutions and public authorities. The survey and interviews were vital in order to hear different opinions about changes in the financial sector resulting from the financial crisis, and the emergence of a new regulatory regime.