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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.

  • 28 January 2015
    This year marks four decades of Eurofound’s active contribution to improving the quality of life and working conditions of Europeans Created in 1975, Eurofound was set up to contribute to the planning and establishment of better living and working conditions, a European Agency with the unique mandate of providing knowledge on social and work-related issues.
  • 28 January 2015
    Over the next six months, Eurofound will be busy contributing to the Latvian EU Presidency The Agency’s findings on the topic of activation of benefit recipients will be presented at the upcoming informal meetings of the Social Protection and Employment Committees, which are also hosting a conference on the topic of ‘Inclusive labour markets in the EU: the role of improved job quality and enhanced inclusion’, in Riga on 3–4 February 2015. Eurofound’s work will contribute to a conference of the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in Riga on 9–11 February. And on 11–12 February the Agency’s work on employment and competitiveness will feed into a conference addressing the issue of ‘Entrepreneurship in the Regions to Strengthen the European Union’s Competitiveness’.
  • 23 January 2015
    The ageing of European societies requires that more of the working-age population is brought into work and everyone’s working life is extended. However, work itself is often the reason why people leave employment. Work may not adapt to the different needs of different people, may not change as workers get older, or may even damage their health, forcing them out of the workforce. To make work sustainable over the life course means adapting work so that people remain skilled, fit and motivated. Examining how this can be done in practice is a key research priority for Eurofound, highlighted by the recent publication of the latest issue of Foundation Focus, which takes as its theme Sustainable work: Towards better and longer working lives.
  • 23 January 2015
    Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) visited Eurofound on 21 January 2015 for talks with Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Eurofound’s Director, Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, and senior staff. The focus was on gender equality and maternity protection, active ageing and the care economy in Europe. ETUC represents the interest of workers at EU level, working for a Europe with a strong social dimension, which focuses on workers' interests and well-being. It promotes the European social model that enabled Europe to become a prosperous, competitive region. ETUC is represented on Eurofound’s Governing Board by Józef Niemiec, Deputy Secretary-General of the ETUC.
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    16 January 2015
    A peer review on implementing the Youth Guarantee took place in Helsinki in autumn 2014. Read about the key policy messages resulting from the meeting and other talks on youth unemployment.
  • Eurofound 40th Anniversary
    12 January 2015
    This year marks forty years for Eurofound. Four decades of active contribution to improving the quality of life and working conditions of Europeans.
  • 12 January 2015
    (Dublin, Ireland): Eurofound’s 2013–2016 work programme outlines a dual challenge for the European Union and the Member States: finding a way out of the crisis while pursuing the mid-term ambition of achieving progress towards a competitive and fair Europe. Although the financial situation in Europe seems to have stabilised and most countries are technically out of the recession, the recovery is still very modest and needs to be consolidated. The crisis cannot be considered as being over. The year 2015 marks the third year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, ‘From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe’.
  • 08 January 2015
    Eurofound, underlining the critical importance it places on dialogue, non-discrimination and inclusion, joins with colleagues across the EU Institutions and Agencies in expressing solidarity with the victims of the attacks in France on Wednesday.  Network of European Union Agencies statement European Union External Action Service statement European Parliament statement European Commission statement  
  • Latvian Presidency logo
    06 January 2015
    Latvia took over the Presidency of the European Council from Italy on 1 January for the first half of 2015. The three top priorities for the Latvian Presidency are a competitive, digital and engaged Europe. For the next six months, the Latvian Presidency aims in particular to make significant progress on the European Commission’s investment package and move forward with a strategy for the Energy Union – both aimed at boosting Europe’s competitiveness. To foster a digital Europe, the Presidency will focus on putting the EU Telecoms Package in place. 2015 is the European Year for Development so the empowerment of women, as a part of its Engaged Europe initiative will be an important focus of the Presidency’s work.