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EU institutions

Eurofound’s relationship with the institutions is a dynamic one, forged through formal (institutional) and informal links. Eurofound is an autonomous agency of the EU and as such belongs within the constellation of EU bodies.  It is also a member of the Network of specialist EU Agencies.

The Agency has signed cooperation agreements with five of these sister Agencies; The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA); the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Training Foundation ( ETF). These agreements are implemented through annual action plans and are the basis for exchange of data sources and for joint initiatives in the areas of research, events and operations systems.

Formal links with the institutions work in three ways:

  • Eurofound was established to advise the institutions on ways and means of improving living and working conditions. Thus they are at once the creators of Eurofound and the primary users of its products and services;
  • The European Commission is involved in the governance of Eurofound through its membership on Eurofound’s Governing Board, where it has an important role in adopting the work programmes;
  • Eurofound’s budget is part of the general budget of the EU and is decided in the context of the general EU budgetary procedure.

Informally, Eurofound

  • invites representatives of the institutions to participate in its various projects and networks. Officials of the European Commission regularly play a part in advisory or steering committees for Eurofound projects. Speakers or participants from the Commission, Parliament or other EU bodies are invited to Eurofound conferences;
  • cooperates with them on projects or events. Eurofound works with the Council mainly through the programmes of its Presidencies, providing expertise, speakers or other support for presidency events. Joint events are also organised with the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee. Such cooperation may take the form of customised reports based on existing Eurofound data;
  • takes part in committees and networks of the institutions, such as the Commission’s European Work Organisation Network and the Health and Safety Advisory Committee.

Eurofound maintains an office in Brussels to enable it to keep in close contact with the EU institutions. For further information, please contact the Brussels Liaison Office.