Commission red tape-cutting expert group at odds

20 October 2014

A group of experts advising the European Commission on its programme to reduce administrative burdens on business published its final report on 14 October. It makes twelve recommendations, including exempting SMEs and micro-enterprises from obligations under EU law. The report is anything but unanimous, though - four members of the fifteen-strong group have released a "dissenting opinion"


From EU 2020 to SEE 2020 or why adaptation is necessary in a different societal context

20 October 2014

The new issue (1/2014) of SEER Journal for Labour and Social Affairs in Eastern Europe focuses on integration and sovereignty in eastern Europe. The bulk of articles in this issue comes very timely, at a point when Europe is being dominated by an increasing uncertainty and insecurity, a period in which some see the opening of a new geopolitics.


Nearly half the world’s elderly get no pension (ILO report)

14 October 2014

Close to half (48 per cent) of people over pensionable age in the world do not receive a pension, according to an ILO report released in late September. And those who do get one do not get enough to adequately cover their health and old age-related problems.


"Better regulation is not deregulation", says probable future Commission First Vice-President

10 October 2014

“Better regulation is not deregulation; it is not ideologically driven. It is about reducing unnecessary ‘red tape’, especially for SMEs; it is about making it easier for people to start a business, to hire more staff, to create more jobs”, said Frans Timmermans at his European Parliament hearing on 7 October.


Collective Bargaining September 2014

7 October 2014

Highlights of the September issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:


Wages and collective bargaining during the European economic crisis – developments in the European manufacturing industry

6 October 2014

In a recent study produced for industriAll – European Trade Union, Thorsten Schulten (WSI) and Torsten Müller (ETUI) analyse collective bargaining developments in the European manufacturing industry.


TTIP: economic benefits exaggerated – alternative vision needed

30 September 2014

A new ETUI policy brief shows that the economic benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been seriously exaggerated. The brief supports the idea of an alternative globalisation agenda which would enshrine higher labour and environmental standards in global trade negotiations.


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The European Trade Union Institute is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union. Read more