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Analysing the state of 'working Europe' with the aid of a multi-level and multi-dimensional set of indicators and thus assessing what current EU policies have achieved or have not achieved, the Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 demonstrates that, despite renewed economic growth in GDP terms, the proceeds of this growth are being unequally shared and structural problems in the areas of education, infrastructure and R&D remain due to the EU's obsession with labour market deregulation and fiscal austerity.


Andrew Johnston and Paige Morrow 03/2018

The 2017 revised Shareholder Rights Directive gives shareholders a say on executive pay and requires institutional investors to improve shareholder engagement. The directive is thus designed to provide a counterweight to the increasingly dominant ‘shareholder’ model of corporate governance which has put the interests of firms’ shareholders ahead of other stakeholders, including their workers. Drawing on the experience of the UK, Eur...


Tove Maria Ryding 04/2018

Tax avoidance by corporations is widespread in Europe and costs governments more than €70bn annually. This revenue loss, and the legal ramifications of strategies that multinational companies use to avoid paying taxes, starves public services of funding, limits the bargaining power of trade unions and undermines employee rights.


Sotiria Theodoropoulou 02/2018

This new introductory guide, ‘Managing public debt in Europe, reviews the debate and empirical evidence on the problems that high public debt may cause and the policy options for reducing it. To do so, it starts from the basics regarding the determinants of the evolution of public debt over time, explains under what conditions high public debt can lead to a crisis and reviews the theory and evidence on whether high public debt is detrimental for growth.


Christophe Degryse 03/2018

European social dynamics

This working paper tries to understand, through the cross-analysis of two databases, the gradual evolution of Social Europe in terms of processes and results.


Martin Myant 01/2018

This new working paper explores why there is a persistent wage gap between western Europe and the new EU Member States of eastern and central Europe.


Edited by Bart Vanhercke, Sebastiano Sabato and Denis Bouget  12/2017

The 18th edition of Social policy in the European Union: state of play reports on recent European Union (EU) and national social policymaking, with contributions from leading scholars pointing at attempts to move out of the multiple crises hitting the European Union since 2008.


Zane Rasnača (ETUI) and Sotiria Theodoropoulou (ETUI) 11/2017

This policy brief looks at the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) and assesses its capacity to strengthen the social dimension of the E(M)U.


Contributors : Béla Galgóczi, Aline Hoffmann, Maria Jepsen, Torsten Müller, Martin Myant, Agnies... 11/2017

This timely new publication revisits the Social Scoreboard published by the European Commission (EC) on the 26th of April 2017.


Trade unions reiterate their support for the directive on work-life balance

20 April 2018

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reiterated its support for the proposal for a European directive on work-life balance for parents and carers at an ETUI Monthly Forum on 17 April. The main results of a comparative study of the systems already in place in the Member States, which the ETUI had requested from the European Social Observatory, were presented at the Forum.


2019 ETUC Brian Bercusson Award on European labour law

10 April 2018

The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has instituted an award to honour the outstanding and dynamic scientific work, of great value to the European trade union movement, of the late labour law Professor Brian Bercusson: the ETUC Brian Bercusson Award.


Collective Bargaining March 2018

5 April 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of March.


Working less for the same pay: Czech unions demand it, employers are not against it.

28 March 2018

Czech workers want to work less, but for the same wage. The Czech union CMKOS wants to put forward a demand for a collective working time reduction to 7.5 hours a day with a 30-minute break. According to them, this would mean a reduction of the working time by half an hour a day or 2.5 hours a week.


IMF highlights absence of convergence in the Eurozone

26 March 2018

The economic convergence envisaged by the founders of the eurozone has not happened and Europe’s economies risk growing further apart unless a raft of reforms are implemented, the IMF’s Europe Director told an audience at the ETUI’s Monthly Forum on 22nd March. The IMF’s stance on the growing disparities in the eurozone echoes key findings of the ETUI’s Benchmarking Working Europe 2018 report released in the same week.


Benchmarking Working Europe 2018: trade unions call for tangible progress on social issues before the next European elections

22 March 2018

On 19 March 2018, a debate – organised by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and hosted by the Brussels-based Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU – was held to mark the publication of the 2018 Benchmarking Working Europe report. Organisations represented at this debate included the ETUI, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Commission and the European Parliament, and several speakers stressed the need to achieve tangible progress on social issues before the next European elections.


Military Trade Unionism in Europe

22 March 2018

EUROMIL, the European Organisation of Military Associations, together with the ETUI, organised a lunch debate on “Military Trade Unionism in Europe” on 21 March 2018. Peter Scherrer, ETUC Deputy General Secretary, opened the debate by stating that the right of workers to have their voices heard, the right to form and join trade unions is a fundamental right. One important group of workers however is often forgotten and still today in many countries struggles to have its rights respected: the military personnel.


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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