Eurofound is a European Union body that was set up in 1975 to contribute to the planning and establishment of better living and working conditions. It carries out its role in partnership with governments, employers, trade unions and the European Union institutions.
Eurofound is managed by a director and deputy director, who report in turn to a Governing Board. The current director is Juan Menéndez-Valdés - who took up his post on 1 December 2010 - and the deputy director is Erika Mezger. The directors are appointed by the European Commission from a list provided by the Governing Board. The Board, made up of representatives of the governments and the social partners (the employers and trade unions), is responsible for the development of the work programme.
Eurofound also maintains a Brussels Liaison Office, with the dual role of strengthening the visibility and impact of Eurofound research EU level, and monitoring developments in policymaking.
Eurofound's offices are centred around the 17th century Loughlinstown House in Dublin, Ireland.
Eurofound's core activities are twofold:
- research management
- information and communication
In addition, it maintains the following support areas:
- human resources
- operational services
- information and communication technologies
These activities are managed by Eurofound staff at its offices in Dublin. Some 100 staff members are drawn from a number of Member States and have a wide range of professional experience and background. A small number of experts are seconded from time to time from national administrations.