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Béla Galgóczi (ETUI) and Janine Leschke (Copenhagen Business School) 07/2015

This Working Paper describes the main trends in post-enlargement east/west intra-EU labour mobility. It looks at how different population groups, nationals, EU8 and EU21 migrants have been affected by the turbulent processes of opening up national labour markets and subsequently by the crisis.


Christophe Degryse, Maria Jepsen and Philippe Pochet (ETUI) 10/2013

Working paper eurocrisis

This critical working paper looks at the series of political choices, circumstances and windows of opportunity that have enabled one particular vision of the model of EU monetary union to gain acceptance. In the context of this model, political union is not considered an accessible way to manage the crisis, for the rescue of the euro is regarded as feasible only in a more competitive economy.


Sotiria Theodoropoulou 09/2014

This paper provides a comparative analysis of the Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) in Greece and Portugal in the areas of old-age pensions and labour market policies and shows that, compared to earlier economic governance instruments, the MoUs have entailed much greater interference in setting policy objectives, tighter surveillance and stricter enforcement.


Edited by Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) 07/2015

This book focuses on the dynamics of outsourcing in Europe from the perspective of employees. In particular, it considers one insufficiently studied aspect: the impact of outsourcing on working conditions and employment relations in companies.


Paul Sweeney, former chief economist Irish Congress of Trade Unions 07/2015

Taxation - tax shift

This Background Analysis examines the concept of tax shifting and makes a critical assessment as to what 'tax shifting' aims to achieve


Eric van den Abeele, guest researcher ETUI and lecturer University of Mons. 05/2015

better regulation, REFIT

This Working Paper aims to shed light on the machinations behind recent developments regarding the Better Regulation agenda. How should we interpret the Commission’s insistence on relentlessly attacking its own legislation? Why does it constantly refer to the costs, yet never once mention the benefits? Eric van de Abeele, who has already written several publications on the subject, has taken an in-depth look at seven key components o...


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.


19/10 - 23/10/2015
Rome, Italy

The course is meant to reinforce Trade Union knowledge and action in Europe. The European training for young Trade Union leaders is designed as a 10-month course combining three residential seminars (face-to-face activities) with group activities on specific issues to be carried out between the seminars.


Adoption of law to reform industrial relations in France

31 July 2015

The landmark adoption of new industrial relations legislation by the French parliament on 23 July 2015 is likely to significantly alter the industrial relations landscape and, in particular, worker representation practices in France.


Trade Unions and Inequality: Taking Stock of Two Decades of Analyses and Reflections

16 July 2015

To mark the Twentieth Anniversary of Transfer – the European Review of Labour and Research, a seminar took place on 3 July in the framework of the SASE 2015 conference at the LSE in London.


ETUI cooperates with Brazilian trade unions in reflecting upon occupational health

15 July 2015

The journal Ciencias do Trabalho published by the DIEESE, the joint research institute of the Brazilian trade union movement, brings together in a recent issue a selection of articles on trade union action in the field of occupational health and safety. ETUI researcher Laurent Vogel contributed to this initiative.


Asbestos a threat to the whole community: alert issued by EU institutions

15 July 2015

On 24 June 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) called upon the European Commission and EU Member States to establish registers of buildings containing asbestos and to devise action plans for safe asbestos removal.


A French survey reveals evidence of the intensification of work

13 July 2015

Analysis of the data collected by the French working conditions survey 2013 is contained in a recently issued report. On the one hand, the various forms of constraint that contribute to work intensity have been increasing steadily over the last 30 years; on the other, for an increasing number of workers the experience of work intensity is generated by several constraints of differing kinds.


The German model with its pros and cons

10 July 2015

In France in recent years the debate on Germany has turned into a focus of attention that has polarised the world of politics and the media. Last month saw the publication of a new book on the famous – or infamous? – ‘German model’. This slim volume, extremely well documented and accessible to readers lacking a specialist understanding of economics, has the merit of providing some of the facts and figures needed to sober down the debate.


The ‘social face’ of free trade on the menu of the ETUI Monthly Forum

3 July 2015

What kind of social and labour clauses will be incorporated into the European Union’s new trade agreements? In securing Pascal Lamy as its guest speaker on this topic, the ETUI found the man probably best equipped to provide an enlightened response to this question thanks to his in-depth knowledge and long experience of the corridors and complexities of international trade. The former head of the WTO reiterated his conviction that free trade and social progress can and must go hand in hand.


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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