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  • 23 March 2017
    25 March marks 60 years since the signing of the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community, known as the Treaty of Rome. A seminal document, largely dedicated to economic integration and prosperity, it also enshrined the broader concepts of peace and equality. By bringing together European economies it ensured harmonious development, began a process of upward convergence and copper-fastened the bonds of solidarity between Europeans. In this way it it laid the foundations for the modern European Union and paved the way for the improvement of living and working conditions across Europe, which is the heart of Eurofound’s work still today.
  • 21 March 2017
    In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound researchers Carlos Vacas-Soriano and Enrique Fernández-Macías look at the development of income inequalities in Europe since the Great Recession.  EU-wide income inequality declined notably prior to 2008, driven by a strong process of income convergence between European countries. The Great Recession broke this trend. After 2008, income convergence has been sluggish, while inequality within many countries has increased significantly.
  • 15 March 2017
    Income inequalities have increased in around two-thirds of EU Member States largely due to growing unemployment levels since the onset of the crisis. At the same time EU-wide income inequality also increased as income convergence between European countries stalled – this is according to Eurofound's new report Income inequalities and employment patterns in Europe before and after the Great Recession.
  • 10 March 2017
    Eurofound has issued a call for tender for a network of correspondents providing scheduled and on-request reporting services from each of the 28 Member States. The Agency relies on the knowledge and expertise of its Network of European correspondents to ensure a national, cross-country and EU comparative platform for its data and analysis.
  • 08 March 2017
    On the occasion of International Women's Day, Eurofound Senior Research Manager Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the impact of the gender employment gap on Europe. One of the common values that unites the European Union is that of equal opportunities: all citizens should have the same possibility to improve their lives and participate in the labour market regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Ensuring equal opportunities in finding work also represents a key goal for Europe in facing the challenges posed by demographic change and achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • 06 March 2017
    8 March is International Women’s Day. The day marks the wide-scale progress made towards achieving gender equality and combating gender-based injustice, but also serves as an important impetus to ensure the spotlight remains on continued work towards realising these goals across the globe. Eurofound has an important role to play in assisting in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home. Evidence-based research is a fundamental stepping-stone on this path to gender equity.   In preparation for International Women’s Day we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed – because at Eurofound providing the knowledge needed to develop policies that ensure gender equality in life and work continues to be a top priority.
  • 27 February 2017
    The growth in average (nominal) pay of employees has accelerated in recent years in EU countries after a slump following the economic crisis . Similar developments show up in data on collectively agreed wages. However, higher wage growth figures do not automatically mean that all employees benefit equally.
  • 21 February 2017
    Eurofound hosted a delegation from the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Dublin on 20 - 21 February. The delegation included Jean Lambert MEP (Greens/EFA), Joëlle Mélin MEP (ENF), Laura Agea MEP (EFDD), Javi López MEP (S&D), and Lynn Boylan MEP (GUE/NGL), as well as political advisors and representatives of the European Parliament's Secretariat. The delegation met with the Eurofound Directorate and senior staff to discuss a range of issues related to living and working conditions in Europe, with specific presentations and discussions on the importance of comparative information and reports; addressing poverty and inequality; the new challenges for regulating work; increasing labour market participation by creating jobs and promoting integration; and the importance of social dialogue. More info:
  • 15 February 2017
    GENEVA/BRUSSELS (ILO News) –The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers for work for home and elsewhere is rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. It can improve work-life balance, reduce commuting time, and boost productivity, but it can also potentially result in longer working hours, higher work intensity and work-home interference, according to a new joint ILO-Eurofound report released today.
  • 10 February 2017
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will launch a joint report with Eurofound entitled Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work, on Wednesday 15 February. At a time when the use of digital technology is constantly growing, the new research highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework. It synthesises research carried out by both organisations in 15 countries, including ten EU Member States as well as Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan and the United States. The study also provides recommendations to accompany those sweeping changes. The report and all associated material and information are under strict embargo until 12.00 GMT -13.00 Geneva/Brussels time on Wednesday 15 February.

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