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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)


  • Role: provides research-based input for the development of social, employment and work-related policies
  • Director: Juan Menéndez-Valdés
  • Set up: 1975
  • Staff: 100
  • Location: Dublin (Ireland)
  • Website: Eurofound

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies. Eurofound was set up in 1975 to contribute to effective policies that lead to the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe.

What does Eurofound do?

Eurofound's core activities:

  • To carry out research on social, employment and work-related issues
  • To communicate the results to EU and national policymakers.

It conducts research projects and 3 EU-wide surveys on:

It maintains 3 observatories to provide up-to-date information on:

Eurofound’s work is used to provide an evidence base for policy - such as in the recent European initiatives on youth unemployment and the Youth Guarantee.

Eurofound disseminates its research findings and policy-relevant knowledge through:


Eurofound has around 100 staff specialising in socioeconomic research, communication and public administration. It is managed by a director and deputy director, who report in turn to a Governing Board. The Board is made up of representatives of employers, workers, EU governments and the Commission. The Board meets at least once a year to discuss and adopt the multiannual and annual work programmes, and the annual budget.

The Board also has representatives from the EFTA (European Free Trade Association) countries as observers. An executive board, known as the Bureau, meets every two months to facilitate the Governing Board’s work.

Eurofound also maintains a Brussels Liaison Office, with the dual role of strengthening the visibility and impact of Eurofound research at EU level, and monitoring developments in policymaking.

How does Eurofound work?

Every 4 years, Eurofound reviews its strategy and what it is aiming to achieve. After wide-ranging consultations with the Board and the EU institutions, it draws up a four-year programming document. The multiannual programme 2017-2020 sets out a specific work programme for each year of the programming period. Eurofound carries out the projects the annual work programme using the research and monitoring resources described above.

Eurofound works together closely on joint research and communication activities with its sister agencies:

Who benefits?

The Eurofound’s main target group is EU-level decision-makers, specifically:

  • EU institutions
  • EU-level employers
  • EU-level trade union groups.

Eurofound also seeks to influence:

  • national governments, employer organisations, trade unions and civil society organisations
  • parliaments
  • research institutes
  • universities.
Contact details

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

Contact details


Wyattville Road


Co. Dublin

D18 KP65


+353 1 204 31 00
+353 1 282 64 56
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