Eurofound celebrating 40 years in 2015

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Eurofound 40th Anniversary

Eurofound celebrating 40 years in 2015

Eurofound is a place of exemplary cooperation of governments, social partners and the European Commission in the service of quality research into Europe’s life and work.’
Jerzy Ciechański, Chair, Governing Board of Eurofound (2012–2014)

This year marks 40 years for Eurofound.  Four decades of active contribution to improving the quality of life and working conditions of Europeans.

It is testament to the vision of the European forefathers that in those early years they already saw the need to establish a European Agency with the unique mandate of providing knowledge on social and work-related issues.  The goal then was to help policymakers shape a better future for its citizens.  Forty years on and now charting 28 countries and 520 million people, that goal remains as critical today as ever before.

As we embrace the challenges of the next decade and beyond, Eurofound will take this anniversary year as an opportunity to further deepen its links with our core stakeholders, the social partners, governments and Institutions, and build on our vast network at EU and national level to continue to provide high-quality, policy-relevant information which can be used by policymakers to mould the fair and competitive Europe to which we all aspire.

To mark this occasion, a series of initiatives and events will take place and we have produced a 40 years anniversary brochure and desk calendar which we hope will serve as a positive reminder of the effort and progress made in the area of social policy over the previous decades, as well as Eurofound’s commitment to what still has to come.

Created in 1975, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) was set up to contribute to the planning and establishment of better living and working conditions through action designed to increase and disseminate knowledge likely to assist this development. 

Explore Eurofound's interactive 40th anniversary timeline and brochure.


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'Europe is facing considerable challenges: increasing employment and supporting business to compete in a globalised world while simultaneously striving to improve the working conditions and quality of life for all Europeans. Eurofound provides invaluable input into the policymaking of the EU to achieve these ambitious goals, and I look forward to working with the Agency as we forge a stronger, dynamic and more equal Union.'

Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

'Eurofound provides timely, up- to-date and quality information on highly relevant topics, such as European labour market developments, industrial relations, working conditions and quality of life. Over the years, Eurofound has done a remarkable job in collecting and disseminating harmonised information to support evidence- based policymaking at Member State and EU level.'

Catherine Day, Secretary-General, European Commission

'Eurofound provides invaluable information on the realities of working life, industrial relations and living conditions in the European Union. We believe that the tripartite governance of Eurofound ensures a focus on research relevant to both social partners and policymakers.'

Bernadette Ségol, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

‘The challenges for Europe in a post-crisis world are more acute than ever before. If we want job-rich growth and an inclusive society, relying on previous patterns and old solutions is no longer an option. To make the right choices for the next decades, we need to look at what has been tried, what has worked and what has not. This is where Eurofound can add its real value: providing European policymakers with comparative data and analyses on social and work- related issues and delivering the sound evidence they need to make informed decisions for a better future of all those who live and work in the European Union.’

Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director of Eurofound

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