European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is an agency of the European Union which focuses on managing research, gathering information, and communicating its findings.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
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Agency overview
FormedMay 1975 (1975-05)
JurisdictionEuropean Union
HeadquartersLoughlinstown, Dublin, Ireland
Agency executives
  • Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director
  • Aviana Bulgarelli, Chairperson of the Management Board
Key document
  • Regulation (EU) 2019/127 [1]
Websiteeurofound.europa.eu

It was set up by in May 1975 by the European Council to help improve living and working conditions across Europe, and was one of the first bodies established to work on a specific subset of EU policy. It is headquartered in Loughlinstown, County Dublin, Ireland.

Role and missionEdit

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) describes its role on its own information page as follows:

'Eurofound provides information, advice and expertise on working conditions and sustainable work, industrial relations, labour market change and quality and life and public services, to support the EU Institutions and bodies, Member States and Social Partners in shaping and implementing social and employment policies, as well as promoting social dialogue on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis.'

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OrganisationEdit

It maintains a number of specialized operations monitoring and measuring conditions in Europe, including:

European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS)European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) - European Company Survey (ECS)

The offices of Eurofound are located at Loughlinstown House, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18 KP65, Ireland.

GovernanceEdit

The Foundation is overseen by a Management Board, Executive Director, and Deputy Director. The Executive Board meets once a year to set budgets and policy, and to decide on one-year and four-year work programmes. The current Director, Juan Menéndez-Valdés, was appointed in December 2010. The Deputy Director is Maria Jepsen. The Foundation budget (21,4M euros in 2020) comes from the general European Commission budget.

ReferencesEdit

  • "About Eurofound" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Publications" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Surveys" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Observatories" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound

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