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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.

  • Cover of report: Early childhood care: working conditions, training and quality of services – A systematic review
    21 May 2015
    Eurofound Research Officer Daniel Molinuevo discusses recent Eurofound research findings that highlight the benefits for children that stem from improved working conditions and training opportunities for workers in early childhood education and care.
  • 14 May 2015
    EU legislation on maternity leave has been developing since 1992. Now, almost all Member States comply with the 1992 maternity leave directive’s provision of at least two weeks’ mandatory leave, with the majority exceeding it.
  • 14 May 2015
    Across Europe, the proportion of self-employed young people is highly correlated with the proportion of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).
  • 14 May 2015
    In the first quarter of 2015, announced job gains recorded in Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) outnumbered announced job losses, after two consecutive quarters showing the opposite trend.
  • 13 May 2015
    Almost half of all young people in Europe would like to become entrepreneurs, yet only a very small proportion actually do so, according to Eurofound’s publication of the month, Youth entrepreneurship in Europe: Values, attitudes, policies.
  • 13 May 2015
    The Great Recession changed the trend of overall EU wage inequality: while wage inequality had been decreasing prior to the start of the crisis, it started to rise as the crisis progressed, as a new report from Eurofound illustrates. Between 2004 and 2008, overall wage inequality in the EU diminshed. This was due to convergence between European countries, driven by a rapid catching-up by eastern Member States and a stagnation of wages in the two biggest economies – Germany and the UK.
  • 29 April 2015
    Eurofound launches new report on ‘Youth entrepreneurship – Values, attitudes and policies’: (Press release) Only a fraction of young Europeans interested in becoming entrepreneurs actually go on to do so, according to Eurofound’s new report ‘Youth entrepreneurship in Europe: Values, attitudes, policies’. The report looks at factors that could unlock this entrepreneurual potential, and that influence young people’s decision to become self-employed. The report will be launched today Wednesday 29 April at a lunch-time discussion with EU-level social partner representatives in Brussels, Belgium.
  • 28 April 2015
    Key EU Agencies will coordinate urgent action to tackle the crisis of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean  following the EU summit in Brussels in 24 April. The EU’s agreed priority areas for action address the ever-increasing crisis in the Mediterranean following the most recent tragedies with the promise to step up both control and rescue operations.  The plan calls on EU Agencies such as the EU’s law enforcement agency, (Europol), the EU borders agency, (Frontex), the European Asylum Support office (EASO), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the EU's Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust) to offer their assistance and expertise. Specifically, they should meet regularly and to work closely to gather information on smugglers, to trace their funds and to assist in their investigation in order to better tackle the smugglers who are exploiting those most at risk.
  • Photo of young café barista at cash register
    27 April 2015
    The Flash Eurobarometer 408 survey on ‘European Youth’, published on 23 April by the European Commission, looks at how young EU citizens aged 15–30 participate in society and highlights a number of concerns that they face.
  • 22 April 2015
    A €315 billion investment plan from the European Commission targeting growth and employment; the latest directive setting out new transparency rules on social responsibility for large companies; social partner commitments to apprenticeships and training in food, agriculture and tourism; combating undeclared work. These are just some of the issues covered in Eurofound’s latest quarterly update on policy developments and decision-making at the EU level in the fields of industrial relations and working conditions. Complementing the Agency’s national-level reporting on such topics as employment relations, working time, skills and pay based on reports from correspondents in the Member States, the EU-level coverage includes actions and decisions by the European institutions, key committees and the European-level social partners.