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On 18 October, the Italian government presented the ‘stability law’ for
2014 which sets out the budget programme for the years 2014 to 2016, in
compliance with the requirements of the Stability and Growth Pact . The
stability law establishes the following measures:
A new book has discussed how human resource management in Ireland has reacted
to the economic crisis. It shows how HR has managed to retain its ‘soft
side’ – tactics aimed at motivating staff through encouragement and
In March 2013, Bridgestone Europe  announced the closure of its car tyres
plant in the southern Italian town of Modugno near Bari, in a region already
suffering from high unemployment. The plant is owned by Bridgestone Italia
. The company said it was struggling to compete with low-cost imports
because of high logistics and energy costs. The shutdown threatened the loss
of 950 blue-collar jobs.
The economic crisis in Romania has exacerbated the difficulties being
experienced by the country’s health system, which some say is in crisis.
Figures show Romania has the most poorly funded health system in Europe.
Total annual health spending per Romanian resident in 2009, for example, was
€310, and this had dropped from €353 in 2008. Health spending in France
in 2009, for example, was ten times greater at €3,414 per person.
Spain’s General Workers’ Union (UGT ) has published a short report,
The aggravation of the discouragement effect in the economy and society 
(in Spanish, 596KB PDF), that shows there has been a reduction in the
proportion of the population recorded as economically active in official
statistics. Released in June 2013, its conclusions are based on data from the
Spanish Labour Force Survey  collated between 2008 and 2013.
In April 2013, the Spanish Self-Employed Federation (ATA ) published a
report on the Spanish labour market focusing on the effects of the economic
crisis on self-employment from a gender perspective. It compared the
proportions of men and women registered as self-employed.
The results of a study  into the effects of the financial and economic
crisis on women in Cyprus have been published. The research was carried out
by the Pancyprian Federation of Women’s Organisations (POGO ) and was
published in June 2013.
The 2013 annual report from the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) presents a retrospective of over a decade of measuring the impact of large-scale restructuring activity in Europe. Based on a database containing details of over 16,000 large-scale restructuring events– each generally involving at least 100 job losses or gains – it paints a picture of restructuring trends across the EU Member States. The report sets out to compare activity in the period leading up to the economic and financial crisis (2003–2008) with the post-crisis period (2008–2013), in order to identify changes in restructuring practices and to pinpoint the sectors that have been disproportionately affected, in employment terms, by the global recession. Also included is a critical assessment of all ERM activities, including the two newer policy-oriented databases: public support instruments and restructuring legislation. Finally, the report places the spotlight on the phenomenon of offshoring, charting the decline in offshoring activity by European firms since the onset of the crisis.
This report examines social inequalities in the distribution of freedoms and opportunities among individuals and population subgroups in Europe. Using data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), the report builds up an evidence base on social inequalities in four critical areas of life: health, standard of living, productive and valued activities, and individual, family and social life. It examines the role of important determinants of social inequalities including gender, age, disability status, employment status and citizenship status, as well as other drivers. The report finds that, in some instances, there is evidence of disadvantages becoming more prevalent and social inequalities widening between the second wave of the EQLS in 2007 and the third wave in 2011. It recommends that growing policy attention to the multidimensional aspects of well-being be coupled with effective public action to address social inequalities and integrated into general policies at the European and Member State levels.
This comparative report from the European Restructuring Monitor is based on data from correspondents in 28 EU Member States and Norway. It examines the reasons for the growth in temporary employment contracts across the EU and explores the situation regarding access to social protection for young people on temporary or fixed-term contracts. It reviews the measures put in place in various countries to regulate the use of these contracts – often with a view to encouraging the transition to standard contracts – and finally presents the opinions of the social partners on the issue. An executive summary is also available.