European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

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European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Eurofound Logo 2016.png
Agency overview
Formed 2 June 1975 (1975-06-02)
Jurisdiction European Union
Headquarters Loughlinstown, Dublin, Ireland
Agency executives
  • Juan Menéndez-Valdés, Director
  • Herman Fonck, Chair of the Governing Board
Key document
Website eurofound.europa.eu

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is an agency of the European Union which focuses on managing research, gathering information, and communicating its findings.

It was set up by in May 1975 by the European Council to help improve living and working conditions across Europe, and was one of the first bodies established to work on a specific subset of EU policy. It is headquartered in Loughlinstown, County Dublin, Ireland.

Role and mission[edit]

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) describes its role on its own information page as follows:

'To contribute to the planning and the establishment of better living and working conditions through activities designed to increase and disseminate knowledge likely to assist this development. With this aim in view, the tasks of the Foundation shall be to develop and to pursue ideas on the medium and long-term improvement of living and working conditions in the light of practical experience and to identify factors leading to change.'

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Organisation[edit]

It maintains a number of specialized operations monitoring and measuring conditions in Europe, including:

European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS)European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) - European Company Survey (ECS)

The offices of Eurofound (map) are located at Loughlinstown House, Loughlinstown, Wyattville Road, Dublin 18.

Governance[edit]

The Foundation is overseen by a Governing Board, Director, and Deputy Director. The Governing Board meets once a year to set budgets and policy, and to decide on one-year and four-year work programmes. The current Director, Juan Menéndez-Valdés, was appointed in December 2010. The Deputy Director is Erika Mezger. The Foundation budget (16.5M euros in 2016) comes from the general European Commission budget.

References[edit]

  • "About Eurofound" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Eurofound News" the monthly newsletter offered by that site
  • "Publications" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Surveys" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound
  • "Observatories" page from the official website of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions/Eurofound

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