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Currently the ETUI participates in the following projects financed by the European Commission:

Creating and adapting jobs in Europe in the context of a social-ecological transition

NEUJOBS is a research project financed by the European Commission, under the 7th Framework Programme. The objective is to analyse future possible developments of the European labour market(s) under the main assumption that European societies are now facing or preparing to face four main transitions that will have a major impact on employment, in particular for some groups in the labour force or sectors of the economy. The ETUI is member of the Dissemination and Outreach Committee and is thus involved in the general management of the dissemination.

Education as Welfare: Enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth in Europe

The ETUI is a partner in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Eduwel which aims to consolidate research on education and welfare and evaluate its capacity to tackle the multiple challenges and pressures on young people in transition from school to work. EduWel benefits from a network of international early stage researchers (ESRs) and experienced senior researchers. As an ESR, based at the ETUI, Margherita Bussi is carrying out her research project focused on ‘The institutional ability of providing quality transitions from school to work to vulnerable young people in Belgium and Switzerland’.

The changing nature of employment in Europe in the context of challenges, threats and opportunities for employees and employers

‘ChangingEmployment’ is a new international comparative European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) preparing for doctoral and post doctoral research. It is amongst a small number of multi disciplinary social science programmes to be awarded funding in the current Marie Curie awards under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7). The ITN, co-ordinated by the University of Strathclyde-Glasgow, has successfully obtained 4,060,000 Euros to support the network bringing together new and recent post graduate researchers working on an international post graduate research programme supervised by internationally renowned senior academics. The ETUI is one of the two non-academic full partners in the project which is running from December 2012 until November 2016.

The European Minimum Income Network (EMIN) is a two-year project (2013-2014) funded by the European Commission, aiming at building consensus to take the necessary steps towards the progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States, in line with the European Commission’s Active Inclusion Recommendation of 2008, the Europe 2020 strategy and in the context of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The project is lead by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN). The ETUI is one of the key partners in this project together with AGE Platform Europe, FEANTSA, OSE, the Belgian Public Administration and others.

NanoDIODE is a European FP7 Science in Society project launched in July 2013 for a period of three years. The project objective is to operationalise the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation. As Horizon 2020 unfolds, the project’s findings will feed into nanotechnology policy debates, R&D, outreach and dialogue activities on nanotechnologies. In order to achieve this, stakeholder engagement and dialogue are essential.

ETUI is a project partner whose aim is to establish a multidisciplinary ‘community of practice’ by bringing together experts and trade unionists and to create a ‘living’ workers-oriented capacity-building module for the health and safety governance of nanotechnologies at the workplace. It will produce material that will help trade unionists and health and safety reps to develop the thought processes appropriate to an understanding of how to work with nanomaterials.

The NanoCap project was a European FP6 Capacity Building project from 2006-2009. NanoCap is the acronym for “Nanotechnology Capacity Building NGOs” and the project was funded by the European Commission, from the FP6 Science and Society programme. It was set up to deepen the understanding of environmental, occupational health and safety risks and ethical aspects of nanotechnology. Therefore a structured discussion was organised between environmental NGOs, trade unions, academic researchers and other stakeholders. The trade union outcome was that members of the ETUC came together in a Nano-working Group and prepared the European Trade Union position on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. This was adopted as the ETUC resolution on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in 2008.