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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.

  • 10 November 2015
    A Memorandum of Understanding and Seat Agreement between the Government of Ireland and Eurofound was signed today by Dara Murphy, T.D. Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director, Eurofound. The agreement underlines the continued high-level support from the Irish Government for Eurofound – the EU Agency mandated to provide comparative research, data and analysis in the areas of social and work-related policies. The event took place at Eurofound’s offices in Loughlinstown, Co Dublin. The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) no 1365/7. It employs 115 staff in its offices largely centred around the 17th century Loughlinstown House in Dublin, Ireland.
  • 28 October 2015
    Eurofound’s new report Social inclusion of young people includes a review of broader policy approaches to the social inclusion of young people in 11 EU Member States
  • 22 October 2015
    The Heads of EU Agencies are meeting at Eurofound in Dublin today and tomorrow 22–23 October 2015 to discuss proposals for closer collaboration and action plans for the EU Agencies’ network. Since March this year, Eurofound has fulfilled the role of coordinator of the EU Agencies’ network, including hosting the main meeting of the Heads of EU Agencies at Eurofound on 22–23 October.
  • 20 October 2015
    Eurofound’s work continues in its year-long coordination of the Network of the Agencies of the EU. October is particularly busy, with Eurofound hosting a number of meetings in Dublin. On 1–2 October, the web managers of the EU Agencies met, closely followed by a meeting of the heads of communication and information on 7–8 October, and the Agencies’ Performance Development Network on 8–9 October. The directors and the heads of administration of the Agencies will come together on 21–23 October, and on 5–6 November, the EU Agencies Network for Scientific Advice (EU-ANSA) will meet.
  • 20 October 2015
    A delegation of MEPs from the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) committee visited Eurofound’s Dublin premises on 24 September. They met with Eurofound staff members to discuss topics that included the gender dimension of social cohesion, gender and working conditions, and female participation in the labour market.
  • 20 October 2015
    A significant transformation has taken place in collective industrial relations in recent years, with a shift towards greater decentralisation, in the context of the growth of service economies and the economic and employment effects of the global financial crisis. Against the background of recent initiatives to relaunch social dialogue involving the European Commission, EU governments and the social partners, Eurofound’s latest issue of Foundation Focus looks at the issue in detail.
  • 20 October 2015
    The construction sector (the largest sector in employment terms in the EU, with nearly 15 million people in declared employment) is the subject of Eurofound’s latest representativeness study. This series of studies, carried out at the request of the European Commission, aims to identify the representative social partner organisations to be consulted under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. As well as identifying the most important EU-wide representatives of employees and employers in construction, the study outlines some of the sector’s key characteristics. The recession of 2007–2008 hit the sector hard, due in part to a halt in access to credit. The sector also faces a number of structural problems: the most pressing appear to be a shortage of skilled workers, unattractive working conditions and a high incidence of undeclared work. Read Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Construction sector at
  • 20 October 2015
    Welfare systems – aimed at promoting the well-being of citizens through high levels of social inclusion and protection – are at the heart of the European social model. Up to the 1970s, delivery of public services was almost exclusively the responsibility of the state. Since then, however, many Member States have extended the role of the private sector in delivering public services in pursuit of improved choice, quality and efficiency. A new report from Eurofound, Delivering public services: A greater role for the private sector, looks at the particular experience of private-sector provision of public services in four Member States: Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Over recent years, in these countries, the study finds that the outsourcing of services has increased.
  • 20 October 2015
    In the latest issue of Foundation Focus, which looks at social dialogue, the crucial issue of trust in the workplace is explored. A clear positive association is apparent between the levels of trust that employee representatives have in management, and management has in the employee representation; this implies that trust is likely to be mutual. The exceptions are Austria – where average levels of trust in employee representation are high and average levels of trust in management are low – and Cyprus, Hungary and Italy, where the reverse pattern is found. Where mutual trust is low, industrial action is found to be more prevalent.
  • 20 October 2015
    In the EU, around two-thirds of workers are covered by some form of collective agreement. Wage-bargaining regimes across Europe are increasingly under pressure to become more flexible – flexibility here meaning moving from more centralised forms of bargaining (at national or sectoral level) to decentralised forms (at the company level). The goal of this is to keep pay rises in line with productivity, hence securing the competitiveness of European businesses.