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  • 19 April 2017
    Younger Europeans are likely to have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than preceding generations. Social mobility in Europe seems to have stagnated - at least in some countries - with opportunities for upward social mobility only increasing in a minority of EU countries for all age groups; in some Member States there is even evidence of decline in social mobility. This is according to Eurofound’s new report Social mobility in the EU, which is the first of its kind to look at the issue throughout the European Union.
  • 11 April 2017
    The European Commission has launched a public consultation  in the context of the evaluation of the four EU agencies under the remit of DG Employment: Eurofound; the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); the European Training Foundation (ETF); and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). All citizens, public and private organisations are welcomed to contribute to this consultation! Contributions are sought in particular from stakeholders of Eurofound, Cedefop and EU-OSHA during the period 2011-2016.
  • 10 April 2017
    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) 2016 report 'Globalisation slowdown? Recent evidence of offshoring and reshoring in Europe' is available to order for free via the EU Bookshop.
  • 27 March 2017
    The annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents is taking place in Dublin on 27–28 March. Eurofound relies on its Network of European correspondents to ensure a national, cross-country and EU comparative platform for its data and analysis. The network provides expert national inputs of key importance for the European debate that feed into the European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK) and the European Monitoring Centre on Change as well as the European Observatory on Quality of Life. The guest speaker for this, the fourth and final annual meeting the current contract, is Raymond Maes, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Employment. Mr Maes will be outlining the EU’s priorities for the coming period. Other items on the agenda include a session on lessons learnt and working methods. 
  • 23 March 2017
    Collaboration with external experts is an integral aspect of Eurofound’s programme implementation. In light of this, Eurofound is in the process of drawing up a list of academic experts to cover the research areas of its 2017–2020 programme. Experts may be asked to advise on planned research approaches and methodologies or to carry out peer reviews.  In addition, the Agency wishes to nominate academic experts to its Advisory Committees alongside members of Eurofound’s Governing Board to provide independent scientific advice. Two experts will be nominated to each committee: Working conditions and sustainable work; Industrial relations; Labour market change; and Quality of life and public services. Advisory Committee meetings take place twice a year for one or two days, alternating between Dublin and Brussels. The deadline for the call for academic experts for Advisory Committees is 21 April 2017.
  • 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.