Developing EUROMOD

EUROMOD was originally developed for the countries of the EU-15 as part of a series of European Commission funded (FP3, FP4 and FP5) research projects, starting in 1996.

In 2005-2008 a FP6 Research Infrastructure Design Study (I-CUE “Improving the Capacity and Usability of EUROMOD”) provided the basis to extend the model to incorporate the 2004 accession countries and make it easier to update, maintain and use. Since then EUROMOD’s updating and development has been supported by funding from DG-Employment’s European Union Programme for Employment and Social Security (PROGRESS) and, from 2016, via the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). EUROMOD now covers all EU-28 countries.

The EUROMOD programme is directed by Holly Sutherland and managed, maintained and developed by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The resource is updated annually in collaboration with national experts from each EU member state, making use of micro-data from the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). In 2016, EUROMOD celebrated its 20th anniversary.

From 2017, a phased transition process has been underway, whereby the European Commission will take over responsibility for carrying out the annual update and release of the EU-wide model. This transfer of responsibility will take place in stages and we expect ISER will retain responsibility for the overall quality and coherence of EUROMOD and the annual release of the model until 2020. Read more.