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  • 20 December 2021
    As we are come to the end of another turbulent year with COVID-19 disrupting our living conditions and working lives, we reflect on its impact and challenges on living and working in Europe. During the past year, Eurofound has continued to provide you with research findings and data on a range of issues. We have also contributed high-level input to the Portuguese and Slovenian EU Presidencies as well as several key policy debates on teleworking and the right to disconnect, platform work, care and healthcare, gender equality, and minimum wage, among others.
  • 20 December 2021
    Eurofound’s management met with Irish social partners, Patricia King, General Secretary, ICTU and Danny McCoy, Chief Executive Officer, Ibec, at Eurofound in Dublin, on Wednesday, 15 December 2021, to discuss some of the Agency’s most recent research findings on changes in workplace practices, work organisation, hybrid working, gender, labour market dynamics, the role of collective bargaining, quality of life and upward convergence. Executive Director, Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Director, Maria Jepsen, along with the social partners reflected on the continuous dialogue and cooperation between Ireland’s only EU Agency and the social partners, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of communicating timely information and findings at both a national and European level as well as the added value that Eurofound’s comparative research across the EU Member States brings to its stakeholders.
  • 07 December 2021
    Eurofound Executive Director Ivailo Kalfin met with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth in Brussels this week to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on young people in the EU, as well as the forthcoming European Year of Youth 2022. Eurofound’s research shows that COVID-19 ended a six-year decline in youth unemployment, with young people more likely to find themselves unemployed and to report poor mental health than the rest of the population. Young people were hit particularly hard both economically and socially with the pandemic striking Europe as youth unemployment was returning to pre-economic crisis levels for the first time.
  • Image of man in protective suit and mask disinfecting warehouse full of food products
    24 November 2021
    It has been almost two years since the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hit Europe and many of the response measures necessary to deal with the pandemic, from working from home to social distancing, are now part of our everyday lives. In spring 2020, most citizens, although fearful of the devastating early impacts of the virus, did not envisage that their lives would be so dramatically impacted, and that the economic, social and work-related effects of the pandemic would drag on for so long. With case numbers rising throughout Europe as winter approaches, the influence of COVID-19 on our lives shows little sign of abating.
  • Image of Jan Kouwenberg, Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board (Left), with Maria Jepsen, Eurofound Deputy Director (Centre), and Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director (Right) in the gardens at Eurofound on 19 November 2021
    22 November 2021
    Jan Kouwenberg has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board at the Agency’s annual Management Board meeting in Dublin on 19 November. He takes over from outgoing chair Stefan Gran, currently Senior Advisor at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and former representative of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). Mr Kouwenberg, an economist, represents the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) in Eurofound’s tripartite management structure. In response to his election, Mr Kouwenberg commented: 
  • Image of Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director, and Carlien Scheele, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) at Eurofound on 18 November 2021
    18 November 2021
    Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director, and Carlien Scheele, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) met in Dublin today on the sidelines of Eurofound’s annual Management Board meeting, to discuss latest developments in gender equality in Europe and sign a joint action plan defining future collaboration between the two Agencies to further to tackle the key challenges in this domain.  The two Agencies enhanced cooperation in light of the multifaceted and largely negative consequences of the pandemic on gender equality. In 2021 this joint work has included a joint policy brief on convergence in gender equality across the Union in the decade preceding the pandemic, and a joint webinar on the current state of play, looking at gender gaps in pay, earnings and pensions; gender segregation in employment; and care responsibilities. The joint action plan for 2022 foresees a further enhancement of cooperation and communication between the Agencies. 
  • Image of H.E. Mr Leonard Sacco, Ambassador of Malta, meeting with Eurofound Executive Director Ivailo Kalfin at Eurofound on 11 November 2021
    12 November 2021
    Eurofound’s Executive Director Ivailo Kalfin met with H.E. Leonard Sacco, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Ireland in Eurofound on 11 November to discuss the role of the Agency in providing timely and relevant research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth, on the cusp of the European Year of Youth 2022, as well as the latest findings and developments in telework, hybrid workplaces and work–life balance. Ambassador Sacco and Mr Kalfin reflected on the close dialogue and cooperation between the Agency and the EU Heads of Mission as well as the Maltese government, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of Eurofound’s work on both a national and European level. They also discussed how, as a tripartite Agency, Eurofound promotes cooperation dialogue between social partners, national governments and the European institutions, with the next Foundation Forum in March 2022 providing a further opportunity to deepen this dialogue.
  • 05 November 2021
    Eurofound welcomed H.E. Mr. Jānis Sīlis, Ambassador of Latvia to the Agency’s premises today. Discussions were on latest research findings, Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, social inequalities and Europe’s climate challenge, as well as further strengthening Eurofound's cooperation with EU Heads of Mission in Ireland and the Latvian Government.          Photo: H.E. Mr. Jānis Sīlis, Ambassador of Latvia (right) with Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director, Eurofound during the Ambassador’s visit to Eurofound on 5 November 2021.
  • 25 October 2021
    Coinciding with the European Parliament’s Gender Equality Week, Eurofound will be highlighting its most recent findings related to gender issues. The COVID-19 crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women, with their mental well-being, work-life balance more negatively affected than men’s. In terms of the gender pay gap, women are earning around 14.1% less per hour than men. This figure hides significant differences across countries as the gender pay gap ranges from around 20% in Estonia, Latvia, Austria and Germany, to below 5% in Italy, Romania and Luxembourg. There is also a higher percentage of minimum wage earners among female employees (8.7%) than among male employees (5%) and in almost every EU country more than half of the total number of minimum wage earners are women.
  • 20 October 2021
    It was a pleasure to welcome An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. to Eurofound today. Discussions were on latest research findings, Europe and Ireland's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Eurofound's continued close cooperation with the Irish Government. An Tánaiste was accompanied by Matthew Lynch, Special Adviser and Kevin Daly, Principal Officer at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.      Photo © Eurofound: An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D with Maria Jepsen, Deputy Director, Eurofound and Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director (right), Eurofound