European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail
Europäische Stiftung zur Verbesserung der Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen

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26 May 1975, Dublin (Ireland), pursuant to a regulation of Council of the European Union, the Council Regulation (EEC) No 1365/75, following a proposal of European Commission (EC) and taking into account earlier advice from European Parliament (EP) and European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), as an autonomous European Community/European Union body. A decentralized agency of European Union (EU).


Contribute to the planning and establishment of better living and working conditions through action designed to increase and disseminate knowledge; supply scientific information and technical data to aid the institutions of the European Union, social partners and national governments; stimulate research and encourage innovative interdisciplinary projects concerned with working and living conditions.

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Recommendations are absorbed into the thinking of policy makers at European, national and local levels. Results of this work are put into the policy-making arena through personal briefings of individuals within the European Commission, the European Parliament and other bodies of the European Union, and through extensive publication and conference programmes. Programmes to date have spanned themes from social cohesion, to work-related issues, to the environment. Current core areas of expertise: Working conditions; Living Conditions; Industrial Relations. Current transversal themes: Employment; Equal Opportunities; Diversity; Social Inclusion; Use of Time. Organizes Foundation Forum (every 2 years) in Dublin (Ireland) - a high level think tank event. Set up: Euro Research Network on Exchange and Information on Health and Safety Research; European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO); European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC); European Network of Product Registers; European Network of Registers of Occupational Exposure Data; Industrial Relations and the Environment in Europe (IRENE Network).


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Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 146 countries
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Employment Conditions
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Development
    • Reform

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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