Statement on the referendum of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union
Following the result of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership, Eurofound will continue to implement its work programme and provide European policymakers with high-quality, timely and policy-relevant knowledge as input to better informed social and work-related policies, covering up to 35 countries (EU Member States, candidate countries and other European countries).
To repeat the reassurance by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, who said this morning ‘We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum.’ there are no immediate changes to the European Union’s work in general and Eurofound’s work in particular in relation to the UK.
The UK representatives on Eurofound’s Governing Board – the UK government (Department for Business Innovation and Skills), the employers’ organisation (Confederation of British Industry), and trade union organisation (Trades Union Congress) will continue in place until negotiations between the UK government and the European Union are concluded. Members of Eurofound’s Governing Board are appointed by the Council.
In a similar approach, Eurofound will continue to collaborate with its UK contractors, service providers and contributors under existing contracts until the negotiations between the UK government and the European Union are concluded. There are no immediate changes in relation to Eurofound’s staff holding UK citizenship.
Eurofound’s position will continue to remain closely aligned with those of the Institutions and Agencies of the European Union in all matters relating to the current circumstances.