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The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies. Eurofound was established in 1975 by Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1365/75 to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.


Eurofound's role is to provide information, advice and expertise – on working conditions and sustainable work, industrial relations, labour market change and quality and life and public services – for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis. 


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. The deputy director, Erika Mezger, took up her post in July 2009. 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 multiannual and annual work programmes.

Eurofound also maintains a Brussels Liaison Office, with the dual role of strengthening the visibility and impact of Eurofound research at EU level, and monitoring developments in policymaking.

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 occasionally seconded from national administrations.

Eurofound's offices are centred around the 17th century Loughlinstown House in Dublin, Ireland.

Target audience

Eurofound aims to support the policymaking activities of EU institutions, governments, employers, trade unions and civil society organisations.