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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.


Agnieszka Piasna 12/2017

This new Working Paper offers a detailed look at the quality of jobs held by European workers, and shows what aspects of work improved or deteriorated over the last decade.


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.


Zane Rasnača 10/2017

This working paper explores whether or not the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), an initiative that has been called ‘the last chance for social Europe’, will succeed in filling in the gaps when it comes to making social policy at the EU level. More specifically, it assesses the EPSR’s potential impact on the policy-making process at the EU level.


Collective Bargaining January 2018

6 February 2018

Find below the highlights of the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2018 with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of January:


The state of convergence in the European Union 14 years after enlargement

2 February 2018

The ETUI marked the retirement of its Chief Economist for the past five years, Martin Myant, with a well-attended conference focusing on wage convergence in the central and eastern European (CEE) countries, which took place on 25 January at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. Maria Jepsen, Director of the Research Department at the ETUI, praised Martin in her opening speech for his long-standing work on convergence and transition that widened and deepened the research agenda of the ETUI in this area, but also for the work he carried out on broader issues such as trade agreements, employment protection legislation, and the labour market in general.


Economic uncertainty, not the economic crisis, at the root of far-right upsurge in Europe

16 January 2018

The recent electoral success of far-right parties with explicitly anti-EU agendas has sparked a lively debate at both the national and EU levels on its causes and potential remedies. The debate on the ‘Future of Europe’ launched by the European Commission last spring has been partly motivated by this phenomenon. The ETUI devoted its last Monthly Forum of 2017 to this topic, which is also a worrying development for trade unions as more and more far-right parties claim to defend workers’ rights.


Social policy in the EU in 2017: high expectations but low concrete delivery

16 January 2018

The 2017 edition of the book Social policy in the European Union: state of play shows that although some progress has been made, the EU’s socio-economic governance is still not addressing macroeconomic, fiscal and social challenges equally. At the launch of the 18th edition of the joint European Social Observatory (OSE) and ETUI publication on 12 December, Gabi Bischoff, President of the Workers’ Group at the European Economic and Social Committee and host of the event, expressed her desire that the 2017 edition should become a ‘demarcation’ book marking the beginning of a debate on whether the EU is currently moving towards disintegration, ‘differentiated integration’ or further integration.


HesaMag # 16 – The future of work in the digital era

12 January 2018

The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI periodical dealing with occupational safety and health, investigates the impact of new technologies on working conditions and workers’ health and safety in industrial sectors, as well as in intellectual professions.


Collective Bargaining December 2017

11 January 2018

Find below the highlights of the December issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:


Two narratives, one future

18 December 2017

In a recent Foresight Brief, ETUI General Director Philippe Pochet attempts to draw together the narratives of two major trends which will determine what the future will look like in the coming decades: climate change and the digitalisation of the economy. They have both been subject to separate analyses, but so far there does not seem to have been any unified approach to reconciling these two ‘alternative futures’.


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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