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Eurofound - European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, is a European Union body, one of the first to be established to work in specialised areas of EU policy. Specifically, it was set up by the European Council: Council Regulation (EEC) No. 1365/75 of 26 May 1975, to contribute to the planning and design of better living and working conditions in Europe.

Role

Eurofound's role is to provide information, advice and expertise – on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe – for key actors in the field of EU social policy on the basis of comparative information, research and analysis.

Themes

The four drivers of change identified in Eurofound’s 2009-2012 work programme, globalisation, demographic change, technological change and climate change, remain challenges at global and European levels. The impact of the economic and employment crisis sees greater emphasis on some socio-economic priorities, such as:

  • Measures to stimulate job creation, competitiveness and employment
  • Labour market activation, youth employment and ageing workforce
  • Structural reforms in Member States to ensure long-term sustainability of their public finances and social protection systems
  • Reducing poverty and social exclusion

The issues of public sector reform and job creation are profound and urgent demands that Europe is facing as a result of the crisis and will remain key topics for some years to come. Therefore, these two issues are now introduced as overarching transversal dimensions across research and communication activities in the 2011 work programme.

Target Audience

Eurofound aims to support policy making by:

  • Employers
  • EU policymakers
  • Governments
  • Trade unions

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