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:

  1. Increasing labour market participation and combating unemployment by creating jobs, improving labour market functioning and promoting integration
  2. Improving working conditions and making work sustainable throughout the life course
  3. Developing industrial relations to ensure equitable and productive solutions in a changing policy context
  4. Improving standards of living and promoting social cohesion in the face of economic disparities and social inequalities

Many activities launched in 2015 were designed to be continued or complemented by follow-up projects during 2016. In addition, a number of new projects will commence.

The 2016 work programme also takes into account the sequence and work processes of Eurofound’s flagship activities, its three pan-European surveys and the observatories, which require the allocation of resources in each annual programme.

A landmark event under the 2016 workplan will be the launch of the overview report of the Sixth European Working Conditions Survey, currently planned for November. The survey explores quality of work issues and provides information on a number of areas, including: exposure to physical and psychosocial risks, working time duration and organisation, employment status and contract work organisation, and work life. The survey is based on 43,000 workers across 35 different European countries.

Topic Publication date (est)
Families in times crisis: changes to policy measures in the EU 28 January
European Restructuring Monitor Annual Report (incl Job creation in SMEs) 1 February
Role of Social Partners in the European Semester and National Reform Programmes 16 February
Working Time in Europe in the 21st Century 19 February
Regulation of LMIs and role of SPs in preventing trafficking 11 March
New topics, new tools: Innovative practices in industrial relations 31 March
Start up support for young people 1 April
Mapping key dimensions of Industrial Relations 28 April
Housing in Europe 4 May
The concept of representativeness 12 May
Living and working in Europe 18 May
European Jobs Monitor 27 May
Gender Employment Gap 10 June
Do reduced non-wage labour costs lead to more sustainable jobs 14 July
Changes to remuneration and reward systems 4 August
Annual review of working life 12 August
Inequalities in Working Conditions – Exploring fraudulent forms of contracting and self-employment 12 August
Sixth European Working Conditions Survey (overview report) 17 November
Europe’s refugee crisis: Evidence on approaches to labour market integration Late 2016

Two editions of Foundation Focus, Eurofound’s topical magazine, will focus on Social cohesion (social pillar orientation) and Work-life balance.

In addition, Eurofound looks forward to collaborating with the Dutch and Slovakian EU Presidencies on different social and work related areas, including the gender employment gap, Europe’s refugee crisis, and housing in Europe.

Eurofound will conclude its coordination of the EU Agencies Network in March 2016. A number of events have been organised throughout the year including the re-launch of the Foundation Seminar Series, which will look at the digitalisation of work, and the launch event of the Sixth European Working Conditions Survey (Overview report).

Download Eurofound’s Annual Work Programme 2016: http://bit.ly/AWP2016