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After the output falls between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009, the EU economy is again very close to recession. Real GDP has contracted in two of the last three quarters: quarter-on-quarter, real GDP growth was -0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011, 0% in the first quarter of 2012 and is estimated to be -0.1% in the second quarter of 2012 (-0.3% when compared to the second quarter of 2011). The third issue for 2012 includes: macroeconomic trends and prospects; job creation and job losses at a glance (1/7/-30/9/2012); sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; Recent restructuring in Ireland; Fostering innovation; Peugeot restructuring.
'What drives change' was the question discussed by 150 participants representing the Social Partners, European organisations and the European Institutions at a conference in Brussels - October 23, 2001. The conference, organised by the Foundation under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency marked the official launch of the European Monitoring Centre on Change.
With GDP growth stagnating, the unemployment rate continuing its upward trend, and unresolved sovereign debt issues in many Member States, it is not easy to be optimistic about the prospects for EU labour markets. The best news tends to be of the ‘it could be worse’ variety. The second issue for 2012 includes: macroeconomic trends and prospects; job creation and job losses at a glance (1/4/-30/6/2012); sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; 'Solidarity contract' saves 1,000 jobs at Safilo in Italy; Working time flexibility; Airline mergers and retrenchment; Shifts in employment structure in Europe and the USA.
Significant ECB interventions in December 2011 and February 2012 have helped to stabilise, at least in the short-term, Eurozone sovereign debt concerns. A fresh focus on the essentials of economic activity reveals a weakening EU economy with an increasing likelihood that the Union is already in a double-dip recession. The first issue for 2012 includes: macroeconomic trends and prospects; job creation and job losses at a glance (1/1/-31/3/2012); sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; filling the 'Nokia gap' in Jucu, Romania; restructuring support measures under the spotlight; - restructuring in the pharmaceutical sector; life and work after the offshoring of a clothing factory in the Welsh valleys.
Eurofound’s research on ‘Restructuring in recession and labour force participation’ explored the age management practices of companies in light of restructuring undergone during the recession. The study looked at policy in relation to the retention of older workers (aged 50 or more) in employment at national and establishment levels in nine European Union (EU) Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Consensus forecasts point to slowing growth in the EU during 2012, with some at least indicating a return to recession. Sovereign debt issues in a growing number of Member States – the response to them and anxieties regarding their eventual resolution – are one important contributing factor. The fourth issue for 2011 includes: summary; current macroeconomic trends and prospects; overview of ERM cases October-December 2011; restructuring at SAAB, Sweden; restructuring in the banking sector; restructuring research notes: Eurofound's restructuring support measures database; note on methodology.
This case study looks at the way in which the Plansee Group in Austria has sought to ensure a ‘soft landing’ for employees affected by the global economic downturn. Having seen a collapse in demand in 2008, primarily in the parts of its business supplying metal products to the ailing vehicle manufacturing industry, Plansee Group has nevertheless been able to avoid involuntary redundancies by making a significant investment in retraining and by making use of shorttime work arrangements.
In 2003, Eurofound, launched the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM). It is, to date, the only EU wide source of information on company restructuring providing data overviews and allowing a follow-up in-depth research of individual cases. Read more on the ERM web pages.
Structural change is a general characteristic of economic development, driven by shifts in relative productivity and demand, technological or socioeconomic changes. To adapt to a changing economic environment, companies undergo restructuring to maintain or improve their competitiveness and, hence, sustainability. While restructuring is essential to the dynamism of the European economy, it can entail difficulties for employees. The ERM annual report 2011 looks at the whole range of instruments available in the EU to mitigate the negative effects that it may have for both companies and employees and introduces around 400 of them in an online database. The ERM annual report also presents an overview and analysis of restructuring activities in Europe as captured by the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM).
The economic situation continues to be dominated by sovereign debt problems in the eurozone countries. As these continue to remain unresolved, general sentiment has turned negative amid fears of a new second phase of the Great Recession of 2008–9. The third issue for 2011 includes: summary; current macroeconomic trends and prospects; overview of ERM cases July-September 2011; restructuring at Nokia Romania; restructuring in the education sector; restructuring research notes: globalisation and labour markets conference; note on methodology.