11 November 2003
This is a summary of the conference on 'Better work and life: towards an inclusive and competitive enlarged Union', co-organised by the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The broad theme of the conference provided a wide-ranging forum for a series of presentations and workshop sessions in relation to the current debate on modern work organisation, the changing legal status of employees, the quality of working life, family-friendly working environments and improving the balance between working and personal life. The conference was one of a series organised under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union, and took place in Alexandroupolis, Greece, on 12-13 May 2003.
24 October 2003
In 1999 the Foundation began a major research project on the nature and extent of financial participation in the EU. The first phase updated the legislative and financial practices in the Member States and the information contained in the European Commission's Pepper I and II reports. The second phase looked at the incidence and characteristics of share ownership and profitsharing schemes in the Member States (excluding Luxembourg). The third phase, launched in 2001, analysed the views and policies of the national governments and social partners regarding financial participation. A report on the policies and views of the main organisations towards financial participation will be published in 2004.
21 October 2003
This report documents the industrial relations situation in all 10 acceding countries – Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia – as they prepare for Economic and Monetary Union. It is based on joint research carried out by the Foundation in cooperation with the Swedish Work Life and Enlargement project. The report looks at each country’s capacity to support the convergence process towards the Maastricht criteria, by means of national development programmes currently in operation. Above all, it shows how social dialogue can be harnessed to generate economic growth in conjunction with employment and social protection in these countries.
16 October 2003
This information sheet provides a brief overview of the report on working conditions in acceding and candidate countries. Up to now, there has been no common basis of description regarding working conditions in future Member States. Therefore, the Foundation embarked on a comprehensive survey in 2001, covering the 10 acceding countries as well as two candidate countries, Bulgaria and Romania. In 2002, the survey was extended to Turkey. The aim was to provide an overview for EU policymakers as they set about shaping the contours of the new European Union. A report (EF0306) and summary (EF0396) on this topic are also available. Information sheets set out a brief overview of each project, forming a useful introduction point. They answer key questions as to: What is the project about? Why is the research being carried out? What are the findings/objectives and whom do they concern? When will the project be completed? How might the findings be translated into action?
30 September 2003
The Foundation launched a research project to examine how to drive forward the social inclusion of people with illnesses. The term ‘illness’ refers in a broad sense to chronic (physical or mental) illness and disability. In concrete terms, the project aims to address the values and concepts underlying this issue and to examine how those concepts are in the process of being made operational. It reviews the nature and scale of the problems facing different groups. It also aims to identify policy initiatives in employment, education, housing, transport and other areas which facilitate social and economic integration, particularly where there are efforts towards more integrated policies or more comprehensive services. This summary document outlines the findings of the project, which have been published in a full report (EF0335). An information sheet (EF0332) on this topic is also available.
26 August 2003
Proposals for a radical re-organisation of time arrangements over working life using a life-course perspective tend to challenge the traditional understanding of socio-economic issues. The ‘life course’ concept itself is not new, as it has figured prominently in debates on labour market, social security, demographic and working time issues since the 1960s. It is now back on the political agenda. The Foundation’s report, A new organisation of time over working life, addresses the subject of reorganising time arrangements specifically from the life course perspective. The report concludes that an explicit life course policy offers much potential as an approach to facilitating a new organisation of time throughout working life. This paper summarizes the findings of the project which are published in a report (EF0336). An information sheet on this topic is also available (EF0344).
23 July 2003
In 1997, the European Council called for a high-level group to examine the economic and social implications of industrial change. With the full support of the European Parliament, Commission and social partners, it proposed the creation of the European Centre on Monitoring Change (EMCC) within the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The EMCC’s mission is to cast a spotlight on the economic and social developments that drive change in the European economy. It highlights changes resulting from shifts in technology, work organisation, production and business models, legislation, working practices and the labour market. Using research and analysis, EMCC provides companies, the social partners, public authorities and European institutions with the data and qualitative information they need in order to manage the consequences of such change.
14 July 2003
Communiqué is the newsletter of the Foundation It is published 6 times per year and provides up-to-date news and information on the Foundation's work and research. This issue contains the following articles: Better quality jobs will boost EU competitiveness; Social dialogue a vital tool for acceding countries in preparation for EMU; Industrial restructuring for economic and social growth; Understanding the knowledge society; Improving labour protection for economically dependent workers; Changes to the European industrial relations landscape.
11 July 2003
The Foundation offers a wide variety of online information sources on the subject of industrial restructuring. This leaflet outlines different facets of restructuring and provides links to a large body of relevant Foundation work on this important subject. Industrial restructuring is a striking feature of the economic landscape in Europe today. Whatever the approach, restructuring represents an attempt at managing and anticipating change, simultaneously tackling issues of economic, social and environmental significance.
09 July 2003
This information sheet offers a brief overview of the Foundation's new research project in the living conditions sphere. The Foundation launched a new pan-European ‘quality of life’ survey in May 2003. This project will provide new info...