International reports on the effects of the coronavirus and response measures

In addition to states, many regional actors, such as the European Union and international organisations, have seeked solutions to mitigate the negative effects of the coronavirus on health, working life and employment, the operating conditions of companies and people’s livelihoods.

This page contains links to international websites that discuss the effects of the coronavirus on working life and employment and the related response measures.

European Commission

The European Commission coordinated  a common European response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The EU’s response focused on four priorities:

  1. Containing the spread of the virus.
  2. Ensuring the availability of medical devices.
  3. Promoting research on medicines and vaccines.
  4. Supporting workplaces, businesses and the economy.

The Commission has issued practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Eurofound

International Labour Organisation ILO

The International Labour Organization ILO has assessed the effects of the coronavirus on the global employment situation. 


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has assessed the effects of the coronavirus and also proposes solutions that support recovery from the crisis.

World Bank

International Monetary Fund IMF

World Economic Forum

World Health Organization WHO