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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin has issued a call for expressions of interest in its programme of studies and other activities. After examining the applications received, the Foundation will draw up a register of potentia...

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin has issued a call for expressions of interest in its programme of studies and other activities. After examining the applications received, the Foundation will draw up a register of potential contractors. The register will be used to select candidates who may be invited, at a later stage, to submit detailed proposals to the Foundation under a restricted invitation to tender. Study and research contracts will relate to the various aspects of living and working conditions, particularly in the Member States. However, certain initiatives may cover member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the countries of Central and Eastern Europe or other countries and geographical regions. The subjects covered will be those contained in the Foundation's work programme: Chapter 1 - Social cohesion: - Consumer-oriented action in the public services; - Family care of the very old; - Coping with social and economic change at neighbourhood level; - The Foundation's work on social cohesion (booklet); - Role of partnerships in promoting social cohesion; - Combating age barriers in job recruitment and training; Chapter 2 - Access to employment, innovation and work organization: - Eurocounsel: counselling and long-term unemployment; - Developments in working-time legislation and agreements; - Monitoring developments in working-time organization (e.g. shiftwork); - Bulletin of European Studies on Time (BEST); - Tele-homeworking: working at home or living at the workplace?; - Flexispace/mobility of work; - New forms of work and activity; - Sharing work: who wants to work, how, when and why?; Chapter 3 - Human relations within the company, social dialogue and industrial relations: - European Participation Monitor; - Workplace Europe: direct participation in organizational change; - Innovative work forms in Europe and North America: the ecology of work; - Decentralized information and consultation procedures in European multinationals; - Role of parties involved in new technology; - European labour and industrial relations glossaries and database (EMIRE); - Alternatives to migration: the role of the Social Partners; - Workplace Europe: the position of the Social Partners on direct participation in organizational change; - Preventing racism at the workplace; - Employee involvement in changes affecting the workplace; - Literature study on the diffusion and impact of direct participation; in Europe, Japan and North America; Chapter 4 - Health and safety: - European health and safety database (HASTE); - Identification and assessment of occupational health strategies in Europe; - Design for health: information sources and design guides; - Ill-health and workplace absenteeism: initiatives for prevention; - Assessing the benefits of stress prevention; - Information on occupational health and safety research in the EU; - Monitoring the working environment at sectoral level; - European survey on the working environment; - Workplace assessment; - European network of product registers and registers of exposure; - Economic incentive models to improve the working environment in Europe; - European working environment in figures; - Design for integration; Chapter 5 - Socio-economic aspects of the environment: - The firm and the environment: regional/local cooperation initiatives in the southern Member States; - Employment potential of sustainable development policies; - Training in environmental management (industry and sustainability); - Environmental perspectives and the quality of life, 1995-2010; - Innovations for the improvement of the urban environment; - Medium-size cities and socio-economic and environmental developments at regional level; - European workshops on eco-products; - Rural areas and sustainability; - Greening of industry: conference on European and US experiences; - Cooperation of the Social Partners in the environment; - European round table on the cooperation and role of the Social Partners in the environment; Chapter 6 - Equal opportunities between women and men: - Practice of collective agreements on equal opportunities in Europe; - Family, labour market and gender roles; - Equity between women and men in living and working conditions; Chapter 7 - Programme of coordination, exchange and information/dissemination: . Documentation and information programme: . Library services/information centre; . Library automation; . Development of a thesaurus on living and working conditions; - Directory of information sources on living conditions; - Publications programme: . Multilingual publication of Foundation reports; . Co-publication and licensing agreements; . Production of publication catalogues; - Dissemination and promotion programme: . News from the Foundation; . Production of promotional videos; - Restructuring of mailing lists; - Dissemination and stock control; - Marketing information tools; - Marketing and promotional programme; - Publication of work programme (for 1994); - Publication of annual report (for 1993); . Stimulation and training programme: - ACTEUR Group: network of national institutes for working conditions; - Innovative workplace action for health; - ACCEPT; - Information transfer to Central/Eastern Europe; . Debate and discussion programme: - Meetings of the Administrative Board and Groups; - Meetings of the Committee of Experts; - Working and caring: developments at the workplace for family carers of disabled and elderly persons; - The electronic home: telemedicine and telehealth. Application forms for expressions of interest may be obtained from: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Loughlinstown House Shankill Co. Dublin Ireland Expressions of interest may be sent to the same address.