As part of a series on working life issues and the COVID-19 pandemic Eurofound has published the article “Policy responses from governments and social partners to the COVID-19 pandemic”. KOPINT-Tárki’s analyst scored through European responses to COVID-19, comparing measures aimed at cushioning the impact of the crisis on society, the economy and the labour market. In some countries, policies targeted businesses and employers directly; elsewhere, supporting employees and the self-employed in sectors negatively affected by lockdowns while retaining jobs were the priority. The involvement of social partners in policy design fell by the wayside almost everywhere in the midst of the sudden crisis.
The article relied on Eurofound’s frequently updated database on government policies in EU member states during the pandemic, which can be found here: COVID-19 EU Policy watch.