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25 November 2016, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor

ETUI Book presentation: Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Over a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall and more than ten years after the accession of Central and Eastern Europe into the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe Countries (CEECs) still show marked differences with the rest of Europe in the fields of labour, work and industrial relations. By examining a wide range of countries in Central Europe, “Labour and Social Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe” presents a detailed analysis of the original and “big transformation” that took place in the field of labour, social and industrial relations in the region. It stresses the singularity of the national models in the light of the diversity of capitalisms, and explores the various dimensions of the “dependent capitalism model” that most of countries from the region illuminate. It addresses the issue of the “Europeanization” of the new member states and its main obstacles, and outlines some tendencies going in the opposite direction that gained ground in the last decade.

Agenda

11:00 – 12:30

Chair: Philippe Pochet, ETUI General director

Revisiting the Transition: Labour Markets, Work and Industrial Relations in the New Europe

Violaine Delteil, Associate Professor, member of the Research Center "Integration and Cooperation in the European Area" (ICEE), Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris and

Vassil Kirov, Associate Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Associate Researcher at the Centre Pierre Naville, Université d'Evry and at the ETUI

 Trade union influence in Eastern and Central Europe, the example of the Czech Republic

Martin Myant, ETUI Senior researcher

 Discussant: Slavina Spasova, researcher European Social Observatory

 12:30 – 13:00 Sandwich lunch

 13:00 – 14h30

 Q&A

 The Fate of the ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Acquis communautaires in the New Member States

Guglielmo Meardi, Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

 Discussant: Zane Rasnača, researcher ETUI

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