Isabelle Schömann 05/2015

REFIT better regulation

This policy brief describes the historical and political background of the EU's 'Regulatory Fitness and Performance' (REFIT)' programme, its mechanisms and instruments as well as challenges of this exercise in 'better regulation' for Social Europe.


Agnieszka Piasna, ETUI and Anke Plagnol, Department of Psychology, City University London 05/2015

This Policy Brief provides an overview of female employment in the EU and of how it is affected by a transition to motherhood, as well as of recent policies devised to remedy the post-2008 unemployment crisis.


Jane Holgate, University of Leeds Business School UK 04/2015

Unions and community organising

Faced with changing labour markets, new employment patterns (e.g. temporary and precarious work) and declining union power and membership, trade unions need to (re)consider the ways in which they organise and mobilise workers.



Benchmarking Working Europe 2015

Published every year, the report analyses the state of working Europe explaining with the aid of statistics and graphs the main trends in terms of Europe’s macro-economic situation, its labour market development, the situation of wages and collective bargaining, and worker participation.


Christophe Degryse 02/2015

While the European intersectoral social dialogue has been, according to the Commission’s own admission, dragging its feet for the last few years on account of a lack of commitment on the part of the private sector employers, the sectoral social dialogue is often presented as a more dynamic and successful venture. A dialogue along sectoral lines has been set in motion by employer and labour organisations from a current total of 43 economic sectors of the European economy (...


Furio Stamati (OSE) and Rita Baeten (OSE) 01/2015

health care reforms report

This report looks at the impact of the crisis on health care reform patterns in ten EU countries (France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and the UK-England). It assesses the changing allocation of responsibilities for regulation, financing, and provision of health care, as well as the growing influence of EU governance on national health systems.


13 May 2015
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30-14h00

In this Monthly Forum, an expert from Finance Watch will discuss the European policy response to the crisis, analysing how much has been done to regulate the banking and financial system, what still needs to be done in the public interest, and how some of the recent initiatives are – or are not – contributing to these much-needed developments.


17/06 - 19/06/2015
Vienna, Austria

The course, being run for the second time, focuses on verbal communication and soft skills for Trade Union activities. In particular, the voice is an essential tool for communication and interaction when unionists have to discuss, negotiate and mobilise. A better use of the voice and related soft skills can reinforce the effectiveness of Unions’ actions.


Collective Bargaining developments April 2015

5 May 2015

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


Report: social investment in Europe two years after the adoption of the Social Investment Package

4 May 2015

A report commissioned by the European Commission to the European Social Policy Network of independent experts published at the end of April shows that Member States have made progress in implementing reforms toward social investment but there is still a lot to be done for the modernisation of the social protection systems across the European Union.


Social dialogue reform in France: trade union reactions

30 April 2015

On 22 April last, French Employment Minister François Rebsamen unveiled his draft law intended to ‘modernise’ the social dialogue. The main measures contained in this text are the following: creation of a regional representative body for firms with less than eleven employees; broader possibilities for merging worker representation bodies (i.e. trade union delegation, works committee, health and safety committee); lowering of requirements on information, consultation and negotiation.


The Europe 2020 Strategy has run out of steam

29 April 2015

‘The European 2020 Strategy has not delivered any true impetus for change. It has remained a technocratic project that failed to harness the resources necessary to its success’, said Philippe Pochet in an interview on the website of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE – Conseil économique, social et environnemental).


Recast of the information and consultation directives: a new stage in the ‘better regulation’ campaign?

24 April 2015

The European Commission announced on 10 April last its intention to embark on the first phase of a social partner consultation on the possibility of recasting in a single text three directives dealing with worker information and consultation. Is this initiative the prelude to a new chapter in the ‘better regulation’ programme? Isabelle Schömann, a legal expert at the ETUI, fears that the exercise could serve as a test for the future recast of European social legislation in other areas too.


European citizens' campaign to outlaw tax-evading front companies

22 April 2015

The citizens' committee "Transparency for all" launched the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) An end to front companies in order to secure a fairer Europe in October 2014 in order to persuade the European Commission to submit to the Council and the European Parliament a proposal for a regulation establishing an obligation of transparency for companies and trusts.


Former Commissioner Andor calls for European unemployment benefit

21 April 2015

The introduction in the eurozone of an unemployment benefit system would strengthen social cohesion in Europe and rebuild citizens’ trust in the integration project: such was the substance of an address delivered by former European Social Affairs Commissioner Laszlo Andor on 17 April during the closing session of a conference organised by the German Hans Böckler Foundation in partnership with the ETUI. The view expressed by Reiner Hoffmann, leader of the German trade unions, was that the goal of greater social justice in Europe required a broader array of measures.


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