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This news archive contains articles published from 2007 up the end of 2020. For current news, see Eurofound's latest stories.

  • From left to right, Christian Archambeau, Vice-President of OHIM, Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, of Eurofound
    11 March 2015
    On 11 March, Eurofound took over the coordination of the network of European Agencies, a role that it will hold for one year. Eurofound is one of 42 EU Agencies across the Member States, which play a key role in implementing EU policies in a wide range of policy areas. Eurofound will head the so-called ‘troika’ of Agencies until March 2016, comprising also the Fundamental Rights Agency and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market. A key pillar of the Agency’s coordination of the network will be to continue the progress that has been made in the implementation of the common approach for the EU Agencies agreed by the European Commission, Parliament and Council, which aims to improve their performance, governance and transparency.
  • Fanny Gauret of Euronews’ Real Economy programme, interviewing Massimiliano Mascherini on research relating to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Europe. (c) Eurofound 2015, Mans Martensson, Eurofound.
    10 March 2015
    On 24 February, journalist Fanny Gauret of Euronews visited Eurofound and spoke with Research Mananger Massimiliano Mascherini on Eurofound research on Youth Guarantee implementation. Read more about the Youth Guarantee and Eurofound research on youth issues.
  • image of ambulance and paramedics
    10 March 2015
    In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. However, at the same time, there is an increased need for these services due to the higher unemployment and financial strain experienced by many households. Given that older people generally have greater healthcare needs than younger people, it seems that this group has been disproportionately affected by the cuts.
  • 06 March 2015
    After the ‘A new start for social dialogue’ launch on 5 March, Eurofound publishes a timely snapshot of the current reform of national-level social dialogue structures and processes in the European Union.
  • Cover of Violence and harassment in European workplaces: Extent, impacts and policies
    06 March 2015
    Being subjected to violence and harassment at work has a marked impact on workers’ health and productivity; it also undermines the sustainabilty of work over the life course. A new comparative report from Eurofound looks at the extent of violence and harassment in the workplace in the EU28 and Norway, using the results of national surveys conducted between 2009 and 2013, as well as the results of Eurofound’s fifth Working Conditions Survey from 2010.
  • 05 March 2015
    The goal of gender equality, now long established in the treaties and policy objectives of the European Union, continues to prove elusive. Gender difference is still evident in patterns of access to the labour market, in employment patterns and working conditions, all reflective of persistent gender segregation. The closing of gender gaps in labour market variables, such as employment and unemployment rates and pay levels, has been one of the main objectives of EU policy.
  • Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director, Eurofound with Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
    27 February 2015
    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), visited Eurofound on Friday 27 February for talks with Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound’s Director, and with staff, in an open and frank exchange about the future of work, evidence-based social policymaking and closer collaboration. The power of knowledge in policy-making is extremely important, emphasised Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, during his visit to Eurofound on Friday. ‘Investing in knowledge and developing research capacity has been a priority at the ILO since its foundation,’ he said, ‘we strive to provide our tripartite stakeholders around the world with answers to what initiatives work.’
  • 27 February 2015
    In the final quarter of 2014, Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor recorded the announced loss of over 76,000 jobs, in nearly 200 separate cases. The proportion of job losses attributable to closure (11%) substantially increased compared to the percentage reported in the third quarter (6%). The opposite trend was noted for bankruptcy: the proportion of jobs lost decreased from 13% in the third quarter to 8% at the close of the year. Internal restructuring continued to account for the great majority of announced job losses – 69%, somewhat less than the previous quarter.
  • 27 February 2015
    On 21 January, Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) visited Eurofound for talks with the Agency, focusing on gender equality and maternity protection, active ageing and the care economy in Europe. Pictured at the visit are (from left to right) Erika Mezger, Deputy Director of Eurofound, Rob Anderson, Head of Unit Living Conditions and Quality of Life, Claudia Menne (ETUC), Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of Eurofound, David Foden, Head of Unit Working Conditions and Industrial Relations, and Jorge Cabrita, Research Officer.
  • 27 February 2015
    In January, Eurofound launched a wide-ranging round of consultations with key stakeholders in Brussels to determine their immediate information needs and discuss medium-term priorities. Eurofound’s Director and Deputy Director had meetings with Stefaan Hermans, Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, and with Michel Servoz, Director General DG Employment. A presentation of Eurofound’s achievements in 2014 and highlights of the 2015 work programme to the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 29 January provided the opportunity for informal exchange with a number of MEPs. Eurofound also touched base with the European social partners in meetings with Bernadette Ségol and Józef Niemiec, General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary respectively of the European Trade Union Confederation. Meanwhile, the views of BusinessEurope were explored with Markus Beyrer, Director General of the organisation.