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  • 23 December 2016
    We are coming towards the end of an important year for Eurofound, during which we finished our current four-year programme From Crisis to Recovery and prepared to continue to fulfil our mission of providing knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for Upward Convergence in Living and Working Conditions during the new four-year cycle 2017-2020. In respect of the end of year holidays, Eurofound will close on Friday 23 December 2016 and open again on Tuesday 3 January 2017. We take this opportunity, on behalf of Eurofound and its staff, to wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year. 
  • 14 December 2016
    Eurofound’s new report takes forward existing research on the labour market integration of refugees (those with the officially recognised status of international protection) and asylum seekers (those who have applied for international protection and are awaiting a decision). The report provides updated information on legislation and practical arrangements in the first half of 2016, examines labour market integration in the context of receiving and supporting asylum seekers and refugees, and explores the role of the social partners in this area. The report presents a number of key findings, such as the impediments that overcrowding and poor conditions can have in terms of labour market access, as well as specific barriers that asylum seekers can face. It also contains a number of policy pointers aimed at providing labour market opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers, as well as further recognising the importance of social partners in the area.
  • 06 December 2016
    The 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings make a vast contribution to the economic and political development of the European Union according to two new studies presented today during the EU Agencies Forum at the European Parliament. The studies highlight that while the EU Agencies represent less than 0.8% of the EU’s annual budget their contribution has widespread impact at citizen, industry and policy level.
  • 11 October 2016
    Our new report explores the main characteristics and consequences of gender gaps in labour market participation. It finds that the estimated cost of a lower female employment rate was €370 billion in 2013, corresponding to 2.8% of EU GDP. This does not include the unpaid domestic work performed by women who are not active in the labour market.
  • 04 October 2016
    A recently published report from Eurofound assesses the potential of partial retirement schemes to extend working lives.
  • 30 September 2016
    A recently published report from Eurofound highlights the current costs of poor housing and the benefits that stand to flow from improving the housing stock. The report was requested by the European Parliament in its 2013 resolution Social housing in the EU and is based on data from the third European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS).
  • 28 September 2016
    European countries face the challenges of ageing populations supported by shrinking workforces, more precarious types of employment, and in many cases, a decreasing number of jobs in the wake of the economic crisis. As a result, the issue of how to enable more people to participate in the labour market and to continue to do so until an older age has become a key policy issue in all EU Member States. These challenges might be met by adopting an approach to work that puts sustainability at its centre. Sustainable work means that ‘living and working conditions are such that they support people in engaging and remaining in work throughout an extended working life’.
  • 14 September 2016
    The prevalence of structural problems in dwellings in the EU varies considerably between Member States. On average, 12% of EU residents report damp or leaks in their walls and roofs; 9% live in accommodation with rot in the windows, doors or floors; and 14% of resident indicate that they cannot afford to keep their home adequately warm. Such problems are most common in Cyprus, where 51% of dwellings have a structural deficiency, and least common in Austria and Sweden, where 92% of residents reported having no structural problems in their dwellings. Source:
  • 14 September 2016
    A new report from Eurofound – Developments in working life in Europe: EurWORK annual review 2015 – collates information based on research from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents. The correspondents report national-level information on industrial relations and working conditions for the Agency’s European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK). The material, published in the form of articles over the course of the year, focuses on major developments regarding the regulation of the employment relationship. It reviews and compares developments, highlighting similarities and differences among and across countries. It also seeks to report on debates related to working life, at EU and national levels. Read the report at
  • 14 September 2016
    The 11th European Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) took place in Milan over 8–10 September 2016. A corporate member of ILERA, Eurofound has played an active role in previous European and world congresses, contributing to the discussion and sharing information. It continued its contribution at this year’s congress, the theme of which – The future of representation – is particularly relevant to Eurofound’s work. The Agency presented material and hosted workshops on such topics as the prospects for European sectoral social dialogue; employment relations and the regulation of representation; trade union membership; and labour law and employment policy. Eurofound contributions to the congress are now available.