Eurofound presents 2016 highlights and upcoming priorities to the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
Eurofound’s Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés presented to the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Brussels today. Mr Menéndez-Valdés, appearing alongside James Calleja, Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and Madlen Serban, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), presented some of the highlights of Eurofound's work in 2016, as well as priorities for 2017 and beyond.
Mr Menéndez-Valdés noted the impact of some of Eurofound's key publications in 2016, in particular the Gender Employment Gap report which demonstrated the costs of the lower female employment rate to the European economy ; the report on Exploring the Diversity of NEETs which looked at the heterogeneity of young people classified as not in employment, education, and training; and the overview report sixth European Working Condition Survey – which gives a detailed insight into what it is like to work in Europe.
Looking forward at 2017 Mr Menéndez-Valdés spoke about the importance of Eurofound’s six strategic areas of intervention, as defined by the organisation’s new programming document. He highlighted upcoming reports on fraudulent forms of work and the European Quality of Life Survey, as well as cooperation with the International Labour Organisation on a report on teleworking and ICT-mobile work. Finally, Mr Menéndez-Valdés underlined the importance of cooperation between EU agencies, citing forthcoming cooperation with sister-agency CEDEFOP on the European Company Survey.
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