European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Agency overview
FormedMay 1975 (1975-05)
JurisdictionEuropean Union
HeadquartersWyattville Rd, Loughlinstown, Dublin, Ireland D18 KP65
Agency executives
  • Ivailo Kalfin, Director
  • Jan Kouwenberg, Chairperson of the Management Board
Key document
Websiteeurofound.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 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

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

'Eurofound’s mission is to provide knowledge to support the development of better informed social, employment and work-related policies. Its vision is to be Europe’s leading knowledge source for a better life and work'

Organisation

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 are located at Loughlinstown House, Wyattville Road, Loughlinstown, County Dublin, D18 KP65, Ireland.

Governance

The foundation is overseen by a Management Board, executive director, and deputy director. The Executive Board meets once a year to set budgets and policy, and to decide on one-year and four-year work programmes. The current director, Ivailo Kalfin, was appointed in June 2021. The deputy director is Maria Jepsen.

The foundation budget (21,8M euros in 2021) comes from the general European Commission budget.


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