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16 June 2014

6th Annual TURI conference, 23-24 June 2014, Sofia

The 2014 conference of the Trade Union-related Research Institutes (TURI) network will take place on 23 and 24 June in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will be hosted by the two Bulgarian members of the network - ISTUR and ISETUR.

The first half day of the conference, which is also open to the public, will focus on the socio-economic situation in Bulgaria seven years after the country joined the European Union. A non-trade union speaker - Rossitza Borissova, Deputy Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office in Bulgaria - will give an overview of the issues at stake, after which experts from the Bulgarian trade union institutes will comment on the presentation and open up the debate with the audience. In a second panel the Heads of the Bulgarian trade union confederations and ETUC Confederal Secretary Luca Visentini will share their views on the challenges facing the trade unions after the European elections.

In the afternoon of the first day, the network members will talk about the different experiences of trade unions in different countries in coping with the crisis and will discuss more generally how the country-specific recommendations are impacting the different member states. Andrew Watt from IMK will then present some possible alternatives based on the ‘independent Annual Growth Survey’ report (iAGS). The morning of the second day will be given over to the topic of intra-EU labour migration; views from immigration and migration countries will be exchanged. The focus will then return to the post-European-elections reality and its implications for the TURI research agenda. An issue which is considered to be of particular interest in this respect is the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the impact it will have on labour and the working environment.



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