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Filip Dorssemont, Klaus Lörcher, Stefan Clauwaert and Mélanie Schmitt 05/2019

This policy brief assesses the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, ten years on. The Charter is intended to guide EU institutions, particularly the CJEU, in recognising and promoting the social rights of EU citizens and workers. The briefing, which is based on a book-length project by the authors, analyses how the Charter has actually been used the EU institutions in their legal and political actions. Overal...


Peter Scherrer, Juliane Bir, Wolfgang Kowalsky, Reinhard Kuhlmann and Matthieu Méaulle 05/2019

This collected volume aims to inform and advance the debate on how to achieve a more social and sustainable Europe. Its four chapters and a conclusion address the nature of Europe, the future of the European Union and the political and economic development of the continent. The book argues that strong and assertive trade unions are the most reliable representatives of working people; however they need to change and evolve in order to...


Mijin Cha, Camille Dupuy, Jane Holgate, Melanie Simms and Maite Tapia 05/2019

This Policy Brief discusses trade union strategies towards engaging young workers in union campaigns or organisational structures, as well as initiatives from young workers themselves directed at gaining a collective voice at work. The brief is based on a three year research project and includes a number of case studies of young worker engagement, as well as some suggestions on strategy for trade unions as they try to reach out to yo...


Kurt Vandaele 05/2019

This report details shifts in trade union membership and density in 32 European countries since 2000, with a particular focus on the age structure within trade unions. The report uncovers substantial variations in unionisation rates, with the least unionised countries in the 2000s having largely stayed at the bottom of the ‘unionisation league’ in the 2010s and countries with higher incidences maintaining their positions further up. Overall, however, membership and density...


Eric Van den Abeele 05/2019

This report critically examines progress on the European Union’s ‘Better Regulation Agenda’. Although originally intended to simplify the EU’s legislation and improve its quality, there are suspicions that the Agenda has been hijacked to be used as a tool to make companies more competitive. The author argues that this risks further fueling suspicion of ‘technocratic elites’ by ordinary Europeans. The first part of the report provides...


Kurt Vandaele, Agnieszka Piasna and Jan Drahokoupil (ETUI) 05/2019

This working paper investigates a rare case of platform work performed in the realm of regulated employment and explores the attitudes of platform workers towards collective representation. Using a case study of Deliveroo, a food delivery platform, the paper argues that platform workers are not essentially different to their peers in their attitudes towards trade unions. The paper finds that the riders do not generally hold negative...


Edited by Jan Cremers and Sigurt Vitols 04/2019

This book contains the results of a study of workers' rights to information, consultation and participation in EU and national law covering cross-border mergers, which was undertaken by the ETUI’s GOODCORP network of academic and trade union experts on company law and corporate governance. Based on an analysis of available statistics, nine national legal regimes and seven case studies, this book argues that the provisions for workers...


Björn Hacker 04/2019


This working paper examines the EPSR’s practical use in the context of European ‘soft’ governance. It studies how the EPSR has been deployed in the 2018 European Semester and suggests some areas for reform in order to enhance its role in coordinating social policy.


Zane Rasnača 04/2019

This background analysis surveys how, and for which groups of workers, European Union member states regulate reimbursement of travel, board and lodging costs. The report provides an overview of national and EU law and EU law analyses these costs are regulated in relation to the worker’s salary. It also offers an analysis of the existing legal framework concerning reimbursement and the changes brought by recent amendments to the Posted Workers Directive.


Béla Galgóczi 04/2019

This working paper examines what a Just Transition to a Greener but employment-rich and egalitarian economy might look like. It examines the employment structure the European economy with a focus on the coal sector in the light of European Union commitments to phase out coal and argues that policymakers should devise a specific plan for the sector.


Valerio De Stefano and Mathias Wouters 04/2019

This Foresight Brief examines whether digital labour platforms should be treated as private employment agencies. Platforms like LinkedIn may rightfully be perceived by the general public to be mere social networks, but underneath their sleek design, they also act as an employment service. This brief specifically focused on one of the central principles of international labour standards on employment services, namely that jobseekers...



Benchmarking Working Europe, the annual stock-take of European economic, labour market and social affairs is published today by the European Trade Union Institute. This year’s report calls for action to stimulate investment, as well as reforms to fiscal rules to allow policy to play a more active role in stabilising economies and securing sustainable growth.


Play and learn with ETUI: ETUI app for Congress

21 May 2019

We launched today the ETUI app for Congress.


The battle to win back new generations to unions

20 May 2019

Many outside observers have commented on the membership crisis afflicting trade unions in Europe, following decades of economic and financial crisis undermining their position in the labour market. Now, trade unions themselves are attempting to quantify the challenge they face.


Pesticides: European Commission accused of keeping hazardous products on the European market

10 May 2019

Senior European Commission officials have been working to water down the criteria used for defining endocrine disruptors and to promote the continuing existence of dangerous pesticides on the European market. This is revealed in more than 600 confidential documents obtained by the NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) after two years of legal proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Europe Day: the way forward for a new social Europe

9 May 2019

On Europe day, recognizing peace and prosperity within Europe and annual celebrated every 9 May in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, it is central to look at the past and assess what the European Union (EU) has achieved since its creation 70 years ago. The common conclusion of many specialists and observers is the same: the European project is today in crisis and needs to be redefined.


France: a link between working conditions and suicides

23 April 2019

A study published in the Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire (BEH) – a weekly epidemiological bulletin – of the French public health agency helps us to better gauge the impact of working conditions on thoughts of suicide. In 2017, 3.8% of the French population in employment stated having considered suicide in the course of the past twelve months (4.5% of the female population and 3.1% of the male population).


A guide on detoxifying workplaces

18 April 2019

The US Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) has just published its new Guide to Securing a Nontoxic Work Environment.


Vietnam bans glyphosate

15 April 2019

Vietnam has decided to ban all herbicides containing glyphosate. This is a further blow to Roundup, a key product of Monsanto, the US multinational now in the hands of agrochemical giant Bayer.


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  • À la recherche de l'Europe sociale


    The European project is in crisis. The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom is a spectacular symptom of this. However, since the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the close integration of the Member States has always been a priority of the European Union. An economic integration was often promoted at the expense of the social aspect of the European project. And, from the crisis in the euro zone to the management of migrants and asylum seekers, Europe has also faced many difficulties that have profoundly damaged the solidarity of its members, the only guarantee of a solid political construction and the establishment of a European social model. Faced with the current European divide, a new and decisive debate is starting and looking openly to the future.

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About ETUI

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