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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.

  • 15 June 2015
    One-fifth of workers are in poor-quality jobs, putting their health at risk and increasing the probability that they will leave the workforce early. This is according to Eurofound’s research in the area of sustainable work, which has been highlighted in the ‘Living and Working in Europe 2014’ report.
  • 12 June 2015
    Workplace innovation is increasingly recognised as a driver for reaching Europe's goals of smart, inclusive and sustainable growth, resulting in more job creation, developing human capital and boosting productivity. Over half of companies in Europe have instruments in place to enable direct participation of employees. However, employee retention remains an issue in one in ten companies and poor employee motivation is an issue in almost one in five.
  • 12 June 2015
    At the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Eurofound has published a report on opting out of the European Working Time Directive. Although Directive 2003/88/EC sets the maximum average working week at 48 hours (including overtime) as part of the minimum safety and health requirements for the organisation of working time, Article 22(1) provides the option for Member States to opt out from this weekly working limit. The report looks at how Member States make use of the working time opt-out, how widely it is used and what its impacts are on workers and employers. Although national data about its use are limited, the opt-out and long working hours continue to be the subject of heated debates among governments and social partners across the EU.
  • 12 June 2015
    The Eurofound yearbook 2014 – Living and working in Europe presents the key messages from the Agency’s research over the course of 2014.
  • 12 June 2015
    On 27–28 May, Eurofound hosted meetings of the Heads of Agencies and Heads of Administration of Agencies in Brussels, at which Kristalina Georgieva, (pictured centre) Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources provided a keynote input. Also pictured are Christian Archambeau (left), Vice-President of OHIM and Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of Eurofound.
  • 11 June 2015
    This year marks Eurofound’s 40th anniversary. At the first European Summit of the Heads of State or Government of the nine Member States of the enlarged European Community in Paris on 19–21 October 1972, it was agreed that ‘appropriate Community action should be built up on an inter-disciplinary scientific basis and at the same time that employers and workers should be associated in the action undertaken’, to tackle ‘the problems presented by the improvement of living and working conditions in modern society’.
  • 10 June 2015
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    02 June 2015
    European societies are ageing, with older and shrinking workforces. To maintain competitive economies and to sustain adequate pension systems, a policy priority for European governments and EU policymakers is to increase the employment rates of older people. Often, this requires fresh thinking about age, work and retirement. Working beyond retirement age It has become increasingly common for people to work beyond the age at which they are entitled to a pension. Eurostat’s Labour Force Survey data for 2012 indicate that the biggest take-up rates of working post-retirement since 2005 have been in Finland (+4.9%), the UK (+4.7%), Lithuania (+4.3%), Germany (+3.5%) and Austria (+3.4%). Overall, the employment rate of 65- to 69-year-olds increased by 1.7% in the EU, from 8.8% in 2005 to 10.5% in 2011.
  • 28 May 2015
    Reporting of violence and harassment among workers in health and social work, transportation and storage, accommodation and food services, public administration, and education is higher than the European average for all economic sectors.
  • 26 May 2015
    This year marks 40 years for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). In a joint event with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on 26 May – the exact day when the Council regulation (EEC) No. 1365/75 established the Agency 40 years ago - Eurofound will celebrate four decades of active contribution to improving the quality of life and working conditions of all Europeans.