The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a European Union (EU) Agency providing knowledge to help develop social, employment and work-related policies according to Regulation (EU) 2019/127.
Eurofound's core activities are:
It conducts research projects and 3 EU-wide surveys on:
It maintains 3 observatories to provide up-to-date information on:
Its work provides an evidence base for policy – such as the EU Directive on work-life balance, the European youth unemployment initiatives and the Youth Guarantee.
Eurofound disseminates its research findings and policy-relevant knowledge in various ways:
With around 100 staff specialising in socioeconomic research, communication and public administration, Eurofound is managed by an Executive Director who reports to a Management Board, and a Deputy Director who reports to the Executive Director.
The Management Board is made up of:
It 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 Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as observers.
An Executive Board meets at least 3 times a year to facilitate the Management Board’s work.
Eurofound also maintains a Brussels Liaison Office (BLO), to boost the visibility and impact of Eurofound research at EU level, and monitor policy developments.
Every 4 years, after wide-ranging consultations with the Management Board and the EU institutions, it draws up a programming document.
Eurofound carries out the projects the annual work programme using the research and monitoring resources described above.
It works together closely on joint research and communication activities with its sister agencies:
Mainly EU-level decision-makers:
Eurofound also serves: