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Monthly forum: Which challenges for the EU budget?

25 November 2011 - Brussels The next Monthly Forum will provide the opportunity to discuss the ambitious targets set by the Commission in its draft multi-annual budget which will be on the agenda of the Council and European Parliament during 2012-2013.

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EU-Labour Markets: What does work, where is a need for action? New Labour Market Monitor and Job Quality Index 2011 provide information

The Europe 2020 Strategy aims at achieving an employment rate of 75% and reducing poverty. What decides about success or failure of this strategy? And what about job quality? The new Labour Market Monitor of AK (Chamber of Labour) and WIFO (Austrian Institute of Economic Research) depicts a strengths-weaknesses profile of the EU-Labour Markets, which goes beyond the usual comparison of employment and unemployment rates. The Job Quality Index of the ETUI 2011 provides information on the job quality in Europe.

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Conference: SEs in Stormy Weather – exploring new developments in EU legislation and sustainability as a priority for SE board-level employee representatives and works council members


15 - 16 November 2011, the European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC) of the ETUI in cooperation with Solidarność, OPZZ, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Polish Office and the Hans Böckler Foundation is organising a two-days conference in Warsaw.

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European Panel 2011: Workers’ participation – Building a more democratic and social Europe, 8&9 November, The Hotel, Brussels

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Over the last 60 years workers’ participation has developed into an essential component of the European socio-economic model. This year’s European Panel conference, organized by the Hans-Böckler and Friedrich-Ebert Foundations and the ETUI in cooperation with the German and European Trade Union Confederations, will debate in what way workers’ participation has made a more sustainable contribution than other corporate governance models to overcoming the crisis.

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ETUI Monthly Forum: Broad-based community alliances and challenges for trade unions activism today

The next Monthly Forum of the ETUI will take place on Tuesday, 25 October, in the ITUH in Brussels. It will look into some present challenges and possibilities for trade union renewal.

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European Education Conference

On 12 and 13 October the European Education Conference of the ETUI will take place in Brussels. During the first day, Ulisses Garrido, the new Director of the ETUI Education department, will present the Institute’s training priorities and the Education programme for 2012 -2013. Three simultaneous workshops will focus on capacity development for training of EWCs following the recast of the EWC Directive, certification of the established courses given by the ETUI, and preparation of trade union training courses in candidate countries.

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Distributional aspects of the crisis in Greece

The current policy debate on the debt crisis in Greece has so far focused mostly on macroeconomic aspects and on whether the Greek government has sufficient political capital to deliver the reforms agreed with the European Commission and the IMF for receipt of financial aid. The ETUI, at the September gathering of its Monthly Forum, will provide an alternative perspective on this issue by looking into some of the distributional implications of the fiscal austerity and deep recession currently experienced by the Greek economy.

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The ETUI online English course for trade unionists

For almost a year now the ETUI has been running an online English course that offers six hours a month of NEW interactive teaching and learning activities (a combination of texts, images and listening exercises) on topics of current TRADE UNION interest designed to enable trade unionists to acquire the language and vocabulary necessary for their work.

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Health and Safety Department moves into working conditions

The European Trade Union Institute’s (ETUI) Health and Safety at Work Department is to bring its research and expertise to bear on the huge area of working conditions. It’s a natural development for what started out as the Trade Union Technical Bureau (TUTB), turned into the ETUI Health and Safety Department in 2005, and has now become the Working Conditions, Health and Safety Department.

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Frank Vandenbroucke calls for EU social investment pact

The European Union must adopt a social investment pact argued former Belgian Minister of Social Affairs Frank Vandenbroucke at the ETUI’s Monthly Forum on 30 June, unveiling two recent publications on the idea.

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