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​Programming document 2017 – 2020

For the period 2017-2020, Eurofound has chosen six strategic areas of intervention in which to carry out activities aimed at providing the knowledge to achieve upward convergence of living and working conditions in the European Union. These are:

  1. Working conditions and sustainable work
  2. Industrial relations
  3. Labour market change
  4. Quality of life and public services
  5. The digital age: Opportunities and challenges for work and employment
  6. Monitoring convergence in the European Union

The first four are the core areas where Eurofound has established its expertise over four decades and ensure continuity in the Agency’s work. The final two introduce a new dimension into Eurofound’s activities as they capture cross-cutting challenges and paradigmatic changes – the digital shift and trends in convergence in the European Union – that are likely to have a transforming influence on the on the areas at the centre of Eurofound’s work. Through the framework of these six areas of intervention, Eurofound aims to examine how living and working conditions can be improved through public policies and legislation, through the intervention of the social partners, and through practices at workplace level.

Work programme 2017

2017 is the first year of a new multiannual programme for Eurofound. Support for policies that lead to the upward convergence of living and working conditions in Europe is at its centre. Building on established areas of expertise, the Agency will focus its research and communication efforts in the areas of working conditions, industrial relations, labour markets and quality of life. Research and communication will be organised along 10 topical activities: 

  • Working conditions and sustainable work
  • Social dialogue
  • Reporting on working life developments
  • Well-functioning and inclusive labour markets
  • Monitoring structural change and managing restructuring
  • Innovation and job creation in companies
  • Quality of life and quality of society
  • Public services
  • The digital age: Opportunities and challenges for work and employment
  • Monitoring convergence in the European Union. 

Findings can assist policymakers in devising social, employment and work-related policies to achieve upward convergence of quality of life and work.

Eurofound's monitoring tools

Customised reports service

Since the beginning of 2007, Eurofound offers a customised reports service. This involves the delivery on request of occasional papers on selected themes to core stakeholders. Key objectives of this service are to ensure rapidity, flexibility and quality in delivering customised input to meet specific needs.

For more information see the Previous work page.