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Spotlight on older people icon Older people - Work, care and inclusion 24 June 2014
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Spotlight on youth icon Youth issues a top priority 16 July 2014
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Spotlight on employment icon Employment - jobs in Europe 10 July 2014
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Spotlight on quality of life icon Quality of life, citizens and public services 10 July 2014
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  • 18 July 2014 News Automatic stabilisers in the Economic and Monetary Union?
    Eurofound's Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés presented a background document prepared by Eurofound’s research experts on automatic stabilisers in the Economic and Monetary Unions to EU Ministers of Employment at the informal EPSCO meeting in Milan, Italy, on 17-18 July 2014.
  • 8 July 2014 Just published Drivers of recent job polarisation and upgrading in Europe - European Jobs Monitor 2014
    This report looks in detail at recent shifts in the employment structure at Member State and EU level, examining the main sectors and occupations that have contributed to job loss and job growth. It finds, for example, that in 2011–2013, the majority of net employment losses continued to occur in middle-paid and low-to-middle-paid jobs in construction and manufacturing.
  • 27 June 2014 Just published Eurofound yearbook 2013: Living and working in Europe
    Eurofound’s fifth annual yearbook, based on the Agency’s research from 2013, describes developments in the EU in the wake of the crisis, focusing on major topic areas including changes in labour markets and employment, efforts to tackle youth unemployment, innovation in workplaces and public trust in institutions.
  • 24 June 2014 Press release Working time and annual holidays divide Europe
    The average collectively agreed weekly working time in the European Union stood at 38.1 hours in 2013 (the same as in 2012), according to Eurofound’s latest annual working time update. The working week was on average 30 minutes shorter in the pre-2004 EU15 countries and over 90 minutes longer in the new Member States. The report provides a snapshot of working time developments in the European Union and Norway in 2013 as agreed between the social partners in collective agreements. The combined total of agreed annual leave and public holidays in the EU varied from 40 days in Germany and France to 29 days in Belgium – a difference of more than two working weeks.
  • 23 June 2014 Event Social dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU
    In his speech on ‘Social Europe in a climate of austerity’, Nobel Prize winner Professor Christopher Pissarides, Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, said: ‘I consider a successful European model one that combines an economy that creates many jobs, is flexible enough to adopt new technological advances and contributes its own share to research and innovation; and with a social state that provides good quality social services and minimises poverty. That perfect state does not exist.’ The conference is organised by Eurofound in cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Athens today.
  • 18 June 2014 Just published Changes to wage-setting mechanisms in the context of the crisis and the EU’s new economic governance regime
    The report explores the impact of the crisis on wage-setting mechanisms in the 28 EU Member States plus Norway. The crisis has triggered considerable changes in wage bargaining regimes in a number of countries, further extending the existing tendency towards decentralisation in others.
  • 16 June 2014 Just published Work preferences after 50 - 3rd EQLS policy brief
    About half of all retirees who are not in employment say they would like to work, often part-time. Proportions are higher for younger, highly educated and healthy retirees with work experience.