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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.

  • Defence - challenges for the future

    /This third and final article in the Sector Futures series on the European defence industry sector looks at the major policy issues and challenges facing the sector. It tries to tease out some of the main factors likely to shape the industry, looking at challenges in the area of strategy and security, governance, and technology and industrial restructuring. As the article suggests some possible futures, it is more speculative than the preceding two articles./
  • Defence industry - visions of the future

    /This article builds on the discussion in the first article on the trends and drivers likely to shape the future of the sector and the challenges it faces since the end of the Cold War. In particular, it looks at developments in the industry, such as the increasing internationalisation of production, the growing importance of IT companies within the defence sector, and the privatisation of services that were once provided by the military. The article also explores three alternative scenarios for the defence industry illustrating the decisions that need to be made, as well as the implications of these./
  • The textiles and leather sector - what future?

    Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. The second feature in the Sector Futures series on the textiles and leather sector explores in greater depth the driving forces likely to shape future developments in the industry. It discusses whether the textiles and clothing industry is 'a dying industry - or not?' in Europe. The third and last article in the series then looks at policy responses currently being pursued at EU level, in order to address the challenges facing the sector over the coming decade.
  • The automotive sector - what future?

    Sector Futures provides specialised reports based on the monitoring of existing foresight studies, scenario work, innovation studies and reliable data sources. July 2004 features the last article in the series on the future of the automotive sector. It explores some of the directions that EU policy could take to safeguard the future of the industry and guarantee a cleaner and safer environment for all citizens.
  • Networks, partnerships and corporate social responsibility in Poland: Case study of the Autokreacja Association

    /Against a background of severe economic and social problems during Poland’s transition to the market economy, a group of company managers from British Petroleum Polska, Sheraton, ABB and Commercial Union formed the Autokreacja Association in 2002. The association aims to promote and support responsible business practices that benefit both businesses and society, while helping to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development. As part of this aim, it offers intensive training programmes to disadvantaged, unemployed young people to improve their chances of finding work./
  • Sector Futures: Defence industry

    /The defence industry relies on skilled labour and resources in Europe, and has faced a period of considerable change and uncertainty since the end of the Cold War at the beginning of the 1990s. Until now, national governments of EU Member States have had considerable control over the industry while the recent EU Code of Conduct for defence procurement intends to introduce more openness to the market. The first of three articles in the Sector Futures series on this sector delineates the defence industry sector and examines its market size, structure and nature of employment. It also explores the trends and drivers likely to shape the sector’s future, such as changes in demand, in the nature of production and the dominance of the United States./
  • Annual work programme 2016

    The year 2016 marks the fourth and final year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe. The multiannual strategy laid down in the four-year programme provides Eurofound with a clear framework for the development of its annual programmes.
  • EU level: ECJ rules that travel time is treated as working time

    Unions have welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that travel time for mobile workers should be treated as working time. Employer organisations have not commented, but the UK's umbrella national employer organisation, the CBI, has said it is vital the UK’s opt-out from the EU working time directive is retained.
  • Norway: Reaction to new Working Environment Act

    The hotly debated changes to Norway’s Working Environment Act came into force on 1 July 2015. They affect temporary employment, working time, age limits, maximum penalties and the collective right to sue. Protests over the changes led to the first general strike since 1998. Opposition parties have vowed to repeal them if they come into power in 2017.
  • Hungary: Skills shortages a major challenge for employers

    A lack of skilled workers is threatening Hungary’s competitiveness and longer-term economic development, argue employers. Many positions created by the government with EU funding go unfilled, although recent statistics indicate a decreased mismatch between job-seekers and available vacancies. The social partners and the government agree more should be done to improve skills, although priorities differ.