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  • Image of man in protective suit and mask disinfecting warehouse full of food products
    24 Noiembrie 2021
    It has been almost two years since the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hit Europe and many of the response measures necessary to deal with the pandemic, from working from home to social distancing, are now part of our everyday lives. In spring 2020, most citizens, although fearful of the devastating early impacts of the virus, did not envisage that their lives would be so dramatically impacted, and that the economic, social and work-related effects of the pandemic would drag on for so long. With case numbers rising throughout Europe as winter approaches, the influence of COVID-19 on our lives shows little sign of abating.
  • Image of Jan Kouwenberg, Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board (Left), with Maria Jepsen, Eurofound Deputy Director (Centre), and Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director (Right) in the gardens at Eurofound on 19 November 2021
    22 Noiembrie 2021
    Jan Kouwenberg has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board at the Agency’s annual Management Board meeting in Dublin on 19 November. He takes over from outgoing chair Stefan Gran, currently Senior Advisor at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and former representative of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB). Mr Kouwenberg, an economist, represents the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV) in Eurofound’s tripartite management structure. In response to his election, Mr Kouwenberg commented: 
  • Image of Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director, and Carlien Scheele, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) at Eurofound on 18 November 2021
    18 Noiembrie 2021
    Ivailo Kalfin, Eurofound Executive Director, and Carlien Scheele, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) met in Dublin today on the sidelines of Eurofound’s annual Management Board meeting, to discuss latest developments in gender equality in Europe and sign a joint action plan defining future collaboration between the two Agencies to further to tackle the key challenges in this domain.  The two Agencies enhanced cooperation in light of the multifaceted and largely negative consequences of the pandemic on gender equality. In 2021 this joint work has included a joint policy brief on convergence in gender equality across the Union in the decade preceding the pandemic, and a joint webinar on the current state of play, looking at gender gaps in pay, earnings and pensions; gender segregation in employment; and care responsibilities. The joint action plan for 2022 foresees a further enhancement of cooperation and communication between the Agencies. 
  • Image of H.E. Mr Leonard Sacco, Ambassador of Malta, meeting with Eurofound Executive Director Ivailo Kalfin at Eurofound on 11 November 2021
    12 Noiembrie 2021
    Eurofound’s Executive Director Ivailo Kalfin met with H.E. Leonard Sacco, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Ireland in Eurofound on 11 November to discuss the role of the Agency in providing timely and relevant research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth, on the cusp of the European Year of Youth 2022, as well as the latest findings and developments in telework, hybrid workplaces and work–life balance. Ambassador Sacco and Mr Kalfin reflected on the close dialogue and cooperation between the Agency and the EU Heads of Mission as well as the Maltese government, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of Eurofound’s work on both a national and European level. They also discussed how, as a tripartite Agency, Eurofound promotes cooperation dialogue between social partners, national governments and the European institutions, with the next Foundation Forum in March 2022 providing a further opportunity to deepen this dialogue.
  • 05 Noiembrie 2021
    Eurofound welcomed H.E. Mr. Jānis Sīlis, Ambassador of Latvia to the Agency’s premises today. Discussions were on latest research findings, Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, social inequalities and Europe’s climate challenge, as well as further strengthening Eurofound's cooperation with EU Heads of Mission in Ireland and the Latvian Government.          Photo: H.E. Mr. Jānis Sīlis, Ambassador of Latvia (right) with Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director, Eurofound during the Ambassador’s visit to Eurofound on 5 November 2021.
  • 25 Octombrie 2021
    Coinciding with the European Parliament’s Gender Equality Week, Eurofound will be highlighting its most recent findings related to gender issues. The COVID-19 crisis has had a disproportionate impact on women, with their mental well-being, work-life balance more negatively affected than men’s. In terms of the gender pay gap, women are earning around 14.1% less per hour than men. This figure hides significant differences across countries as the gender pay gap ranges from around 20% in Estonia, Latvia, Austria and Germany, to below 5% in Italy, Romania and Luxembourg. There is also a higher percentage of minimum wage earners among female employees (8.7%) than among male employees (5%) and in almost every EU country more than half of the total number of minimum wage earners are women.
  • 20 Octombrie 2021
    It was a pleasure to welcome An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. to Eurofound today. Discussions were on latest research findings, Europe and Ireland's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Eurofound's continued close cooperation with the Irish Government. An Tánaiste was accompanied by Matthew Lynch, Special Adviser and Kevin Daly, Principal Officer at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.      Photo © Eurofound: An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D with Maria Jepsen, Deputy Director, Eurofound and Ivailo Kalfin, Executive Director (right), Eurofound
  • 14 Septembrie 2021
    Eurofound’s Directorate met with Thomas Byrne T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for EU Affairs, in Dublin today to discuss the evolving role of the Agency in producing timely and relevant research on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, the labour market and quality of life, as well as its strategic position as the only EU agency based in Ireland.
  • 10 Decembrie 2020
    Stefan Gran has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board during the third meeting of the Board on 6 November 2020. He takes over from outgoing chair Aviana Bulgarelli, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute), Italy. Stefan, from the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB – Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund), represents the Workers group in Eurofound’s tripartite management structure. He is currently based in Brussels where he is Head of DGB’s EU Liaison Office.
  • 30 Noiembrie 2020
    At the end of his term as Executive Director on 30 November 2020, we engaged in a socially distant interview with Juan Menéndez-Valdés to review the last decade, his thoughts on Europe and his hopes for Eurofound. We wish him all the best into the future.

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