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  • 11 December 2015
    A new report from Eurofound examines the use of direct and indirect employee participation in decision-making in European establishments. Indirect employee participation involves employee representatives in decision-making processes, while direct employee participation is the direct interaction between employers and employees.
  • 10 December 2015
    EU mobile citizens from the central and eastern European Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 (EU10) have a lower take-up of benefits and place a lower burden on public services on the whole than the native population in western European Member States. Overall, EU10 citizens make a positive fiscal contribution to host countries’ economies. This is according to the new report on the ‘Social dimension of intra-EU mobility: Impact on public services', which examines the take-up of benefits and social services of EU10 citizens in nine host countries – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
  • 04 December 2015
    Young representatives from the Irish Development Education Association visited Eurofound on 27 November to learn about recent research on youth issues and share findings on their EU-funded project 'Challenging the crisis'.
  • 30 November 2015
    On 23-24 November 2015, Eurofound presented the first findings of its 6th European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS) at a high-level conference in Luxembourg. The survey’s first findings offer a snapshot of trends in working conditions in the EU, and comparisons across the 28 EU Member States in areas ranging from work-related risks, work and gender, working-time and work organisation, to developing skills at work and lifelong learning. Keynote speakers included Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, Luxembourg.  Presentations from the event are now available on the event page.
  • 25 November 2015
    Whether we work to live or live to work, we all spend significant amounts of time at work. In order to shape the employment policies of the future, we need to know what to do, where to do it, for how long and with whom. How do we feel about work? Do we enjoy it, feel appreciated, secure and do we have a say in planning our own work? The first findings of the European Working Conditions Survey 2015 are now available.
  • 24 November 2015
    Eurofound publishes the first findings of its Sixth European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS): Most workers are satisfied with their working time (58%), feel supported by their manager (58%) and colleagues (71%) and say their organisation motivates them to give their best job performance (63%). At the same time, while female managers are on the increase, gender segregation remains persistent across the European labour market, younger workers experience greater work intensity and job insecurity, older workers report less access to training, physical risks remain and there are significant differences in job quality across occupations.
  • 23 November 2015
    Faced with long-term changes in demographics, increasingly global competition and shifting industrial patterns - and in the aftermath of the crisis - European companies are striving to grow. Some are turning to innovative practices in work organisation, and Eurofound research has found that certain types of practices are linked to both better company performance and workplace well-being.
  • 19 November 2015
    Eurofound, Cedefop and the EESC are holding a joint event today, 19 November, which marks the 40 year anniversary of Cedefop and Eurofound - the two longest established EU Agencies - and recognises the EESC’s support in setting up the Agencies as well as its strong tripartite role in EU policymakingThe half-day event, ‘Work organisation and workplace learning: Creating a win-win environment’ will bring together up to 200 representatives from national authorities, European institutions, enterprises, trade unions, civil society and academia to explore and debate work organisation and skill development practises that benefit both employers and employees. Keynote speakers will include:
  • 14 November 2015
    Eurofound expresses its deepest sympathy for those who mourn following the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015 and stands in solidarity with those who continue to uphold the values which define the European Union in the world.  
  • 12 November 2015
    Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, visited Eurofound today for the first time since taking office in 2014. Commissioner Thyssen was a member of Eurofound’s Governing Board between 1987 and 1992. Today, she and her team met with Eurofound’s Director, Deputy Director and senior staff. The visit to Eurofound focused on an exchange on labour mobility, the changing nature of work, and the role of social dialogue post 2015. Commissioner Thyssen met with Juan Menénedez-Valdés, Eurofound’s Director, and Erika Mezger, Deputy Director, and senior staff and experts in the three research units focusing on living conditions and quality of life, working conditions and industrial relations, and employment and change.