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  • 09 February 2017
    The growth in the level of minimum wages accelerated in the period between January 2016 and January 2017, with the largest increases in newer EU Member States. This continues a trend of slow convergence between minimum wage levels in Europe - however there is still a long way to go, with minimum wage workers in Luxembourg making eight and a half times as much as minimum wage workers in Bulgaria. This is according to the latest findings on statutory minimum wages in the EU from Eurofound’s European Observatory of Working Life.
  • 26 January 2017
    Eurofound’s Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés presented to the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Brussels today. Mr Menéndez-Valdés, appearing alongside James Calleja, Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and Madlen Serban, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), presented some of the highlights of Eurofound's work in 2016, as well as priorities for 2017 and beyond.
  • 23 January 2017
    An updated integrated dataset for the European Working Conditions Survey 1991-2015 is now available to access via the UK Data Service. The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) is conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). Since its launch in 1990, the EWCS has provided an overview of working conditions in Europe in order to: assess and quantify working conditions of both employees and the self-employed across Europe on a harmonised basis; analyse relationships between different aspects of working conditions; identify groups at risk and issues of concern as well as of progress; monitor trends by providing homogeneous indicators on these issues; and contribute to European policy development in particular on quality of work and employment issues.  
  • 20 January 2017
    The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched a visualisation tool designed to allow easy and quick access to the results of its three-year project 'Safer and healthier work at any age'. The project, carried out at the request of the European Parliament, explores demographic trends, challenges, and existing strategies and policies for safe and healthy ageing at work. 
  • 17 January 2017
    Mid-career reviews (MCR), where employers organise an assessment of workers in the workplace at a mid-point in their working life, are an important tool to ensure that workers' skills continue to match the job demands, or whether a change in tasks or career is required. Eurofound's new report Changing places: Mid-career review and internal mobility, launched in Brussels today, shows that timely mid-career reviews can improve an employee's working life, boost their added value to their employer, and help to address Europe's long-term demographic ageing challenge.
  • 16 January 2017
    (Dublin, Ireland): Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.
  • 13 January 2017
    Eurofound was pleased to welcome Enrique Calvet Chambon MEP to its premises in Dublin today. Mr Calvet Chambon is the European Parliament's rapporteur on the revision of Eurofound's Founding Regulation. In August 2016 the European Commission made a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on establishing the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions (Eurofound), and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1365/75. The Commission's Proposal is revise Eurofound's Founding Regulation in order to align certain provisions of the existing Regulation governing Eurofound with the Common Approach on Decentralised Agencies, as well as to update the objectives and tasks of Eurofound.  
  • 12 January 2017
    Eurofound was pleased to welcome H.E. Mrs Aikaterini-Katia Georgiou, the Ambassador of Greece to Ireland, to its premises in Dublin today. Mrs Georgiou met with Eurofound Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Deputy Director Erika Mezger, senior staff, and Greek nationals working at the Foundation.  During the meeting the Eurofound Director presented Eurofound’s mission and goals, its six strategic areas of intervention as defined in its new work programme, and information on its three Europe-wide surveys. Mrs Georgiou congratulated Eurofound on its extensive contribution to policies aimed at improving living and working conditions in Europe, and noted the importance of Eurofound’s work for Greece and Greek citizens.   
  • 03 January 2017
    Eurofound has launched its new programming document for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the work that the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating policies to steer Europe through a challenging and uncertain period.