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  • 28 September 2022
    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director of Eurofound, have signed a framework agreement for cooperation between the two organisations for the 2022-2025 period. The renewed framework agreement covers joint research projects, seminars, training and sharing of expertise, and visits.  
  • 26 September 2022
    Platform work is on the rise across Europe, bringing new pressures to bear on working conditions and labour markets and putting a spotlight on the wide-ranging individual risks. Who are these workers, what do they do and how can we ensure they are protected while we grow this agile new form of employment at a time of such wide-scale economic disruption? This is the focus of the latest episode of Eurofound Talks which has just been published, in advance of a webinar on this same topic to take place this week.
  • 01 September 2022
    Access to telework and working arrangements when working from home are still largely determined at company level in most EU Member States, with just France, Lithuania and Portugal currently enshrining the right to request telework in legislation. While some common ground exists, there are varying standards and practices in place with regards to telework in the EU, which can be regulated through legislation or collective agreements. This can relate to important issues such as health and safety, working time, and compensation.
  • 07 July 2022
    Recorded trust in institutions such as national governments, the EU, the police and news media has declined across the EU over the past two years, with those who previously expressed higher trust levels, such as those in financially secure positions, now becoming less trusting. Declines in trust are being driven, in part, by the spread of misinformation on social media, and take place in the context of high levels of inflation, rising energy costs and increasingly difficult economic circumstances. These are among the findings of the fifth round of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey, with the factsheet of initial results Living in a new era of uncertainty published today.
  • 21 June 2022
    Eurofound’s Executive Director, Ivailo Kalfin, and Deputy Director, Maria Jepsen, met with President Michael D Higgins this morning to discuss latest research on issues such as trust, housing, youth, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society in Europe. They also spoke about Eurofound’s unique role as the only EU agency based in Ireland, the benefits of EU membership for the country, and Ireland’s 50 years of EU membership since its decision to join the EEC in 1972.
  • 15 June 2022
    Against the background of inflation affecting European countries, minimum wage workers in 15 out of 21 Member States with statutory minimum wages registered a decline in their wages in real terms between 1 January 2021 and 1 January 2022. This was despite comparatively large increases in nominal rates in the EU during the period.
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    08 June 2022
    Over 70% of respondents that participated in the latest round of Eurofound’s online survey agree with the imposition of economic sanctions on Russia, with two-thirds feeling that more stringent sanctions should be imposed. Support for economic sanctions is particularly high among respondents in Scandinavian countries, the Baltic states, Romania, Poland and Ireland. These findings are part of a new landmark EU survey, the results of which are to be published in July.
  • Image left to right: Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director, Maria Jepsen, Eurofound Deputy Director, Barry Colfer, IIEA Director of Research, David O’Sullivan, IIEA Director General
    30 May 2022
    The Directors and senior staff of Eurofound and the Institute of European Affairs (IIEA) met at Eurofound, Dublin on 2 June 2022, following the recent appointment of David O’Sullivan as the Director General of IIEA. It was an opportunity to review ongoing collaboration between the two organisations, as well as discuss latest research; including on the economic, employment and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe, labour market shifts and the future of work.
  • 18 May 2022
    At the beginning of this year, prior to the war in Ukraine, the EU was just beginning to overcome its biggest ever test, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Europe was moving to stabilise itself after this most deadly and far-reaching threat. The latest Living and working in Europe yearbook highlights how the endless cycle of tightening and loosening restrictions that persisted for two years took its toll on people, with fatigue and anxiety infusing populations across Europe.
  • 09 May 2022
    Eurofound, in partnership with European Parliament Liaison office in Ireland and the European Commission Representation in Ireland, organised a special event at its premises in Dublin today to mark Europe Day 2022, engage with young people in the community, and to give a voice to young Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.