What we do
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.
The current Programming document 2017–2020 describes Eurofound’s planned work over the four-year programming period. Eurofound has chosen six strategic topic areas in which to carry out activities aimed at providing the knowledge to achieve upward convergence of living and working conditions in the European Union. These are:
- Working conditions and sustainable work
- Industrial relations
- Labour market change
- Quality of life and public services
- The digital age: Opportunities and challenges for work and employment
- Monitoring convergence in the European Union
The first four are the core areas where Eurofound has established its expertise over four decades and ensure continuity in the Agency’s work. The final two, on the digital age and convergence in the EU, introduce a new dimension into Eurofound’s activities as they capture cross-cutting challenges and paradigmatic changes that are likely to have a transforming influence on the areas at the centre of Eurofound’s work. Through the framework of these six topics, Eurofound will examine how living and working conditions can be improved through public policies and legislation, intervention of the social partners and practices at workplace level. The multiannual programme 2017–2020 sets out a specific work programme for each year of the programming period.
Living and working in Europe 2015–2018 brings together some of Eurofound’s main research findings on the living and working conditions of Europeans over the last four years, during the term of the outgoing European Parliament and Commission. This work has answered key questions about aspects of life and work that matter keenly to people and policymakers alike, highlighting where policymaking needs to be targeted if it is to deliver for citizens. The themes covered by Living and working in Europe 2015–2018 are organised under two sections: how we live today and how we work today. Explore the interactive presentation of the report
Eurofound’s three regularly repeated pan-European surveys collect original and fully comparable data covering all EU Member States and a range of other countries, depending on the survey. Data collected through the surveys allow for in-depth analysis of a wide variety of issues. The surveys are considered one of the most valuable and unique sources of information at Eurofound’s disposal. They inform and guide a substantial part of Eurofound’s research work.
- European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) – The sixth EWCS was carried out in 2015
- European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) – The fourth EQLS was conducted in 2016
- European Company Survey (ECS) – The third ECS was carried out in 2013
Eurofound’s three observatories also contribute to the work in the topic areas, supported by a Network of European Correspondents covering the EU Member States and Norway. Through the network, systematic and comparable information on national-level realities and developments can be collected.
- European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)
- European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK)
- European Observatory on Quality of Life (EurLIFE)
Reacting to ad-hoc information requests
Reacting to ad-hoc information requests from Eurofound’s core stakeholders is a key activity in the new programming period. Key objectives of this service are to ensure rapidity, flexibility and quality in delivering customised input to meet new and emerging information needs.