Mission and tasks

Eurofound’s mission is to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies. The role set out in the 1975 Founding Regulation remains as valid today as it was then, to:

'... contribute to the planning and the establishment of better living and working conditions through activities designed to increase and disseminate knowledge likely to assist this development. With this aim in view, the tasks of the Foundation shall be to develop and to pursue ideas on the medium and long-term improvement of living and working conditions in the light of practical experience and to identify factors leading to change.' 

The successive amendments and corrections to Regulation (EEC) No 1365/75 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is for reference only.

Eurofound's three main activities are:

  • Monitoring trends and developments in the quality of work and life, industrial relations, employment and structural change
  • Exploring and assessing policies and practices
  • Communicating knowledge and organising debate and exchange with target groups

'Eurofound aims to support the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy, to ensure that Europe achieves smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. By undertaking research that examines practical experience and identifies factors for successful change, Eurofound seeks both to document and understand change and to develop ideas for the ongoing improvement of the living and working conditions of European citizens.'
Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of Eurofound