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What is Eurofound?

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is a tripartite European Union Agency, whose role is to provide knowledge in the area of 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.

What does Eurofound do?

Eurofound's core business is both research and communicating the results of that research. It carries out research and development projects, to provide data and analysis for informing and supporting the formulation of EU policy on working and living conditions. Eurofound has a network of experts throughout Europe who conduct research on its behalf including assessing the current national situations, the preparation of case studies (EMCC case studies, EurWORK case studies) and national reports and the conducting of surveys.

As part of its research base, Eurofound maintains a number of monitoring tools:

How is Eurofound organised?

Eurofound is managed by a Governing Board comprising representatives of governments, employers and workers of each Member State and three representatives from the European Commission. This representation of the governments and the social partners reflects the tripartite nature of the organisation's work. The Board meets annually to decide policy, to adopt the work programme and to propose the draft budget.

The staff are drawn from a number of Member States and have a wide range of professional experience and background. A small number of experts are seconded from time to time from national administrations.

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.

How does Eurofound approach its activities?

Every four years Eurofound reviews its strategy and the orientation to be given to its work and after widespread consultation prepares a four-year programme. The current Programming document 2017-2020 was published in December 2017. It describes Eurofound’s planned work over the programming period 2017–2020. It sets out the policy and institutional context for the programme, describes the multiannual programme for the four-year period and sets out the work programme for 2018. 

The programmes are the outcome of detailed deliberations of the groups making up the Governing Board as well as with the Institutions of the Union.

Does Eurofound carry out research on request?

Eurofound only carries out research on the basis of the Work Programmes adopted by its Governing Board. However, in areas where it has existing data, it offers a limited ad-hoc information requests service to core stakeholder organisations.

Who pays for Eurofound?

Eurofound's financing forms part of the general budget of the European Commission and the funds allocated to it are decided in the official budgetary process between the Commission, the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Eurofound's budget for 2018 is €20,571,000.

Is Eurofound's work evaluated?

Eurofound is required to 'regularly carry out ex-ante and ex-post evaluations of programmes and activities', according to article 25 of the Financial Regulation (297 KB PDF). The monitoring and evaluation function is part of the Operational Support Unit and ensures the regular evaluation of Eurofound programmes and activities in accordance with good evaluation practice. Reports from external evaluation are published on the website.

How can I find out more?

The results of Eurofound's research programmes are published and are available, in most cases free of charge, from the publications section of this website. Members of the public may request access to internal documents subject to certain conditions. A register of internal documents which are available for download has been set up and will be further developed over time. A range of information services is offered.

How can I get to Eurofound?

Eurofound is located to the south of Dublin city, some 16 kilometres from the city centre and about 1 hour by car from Dublin airport. The address is: Loughlinstown House, Wyattville Road, Dublin 18. See transport information.

Are Eurofound facilities available for rent?

The Raymond-Pierre Bodin Conference Centre is available for rent. The main hall, which accommodates up to 120 participants, has been fitted out with state-of-the art technology and has nine interpretation booths built to ISO standards. Smaller meeting rooms are also available, most of which are located in the historic Loughlinstown House.

To book the conference centre or to check availability, please contact ConferenceCentre@eurofound.europa.eu or call +353 1 204 3100.