Currently the ETUI participates in the following projects financed by the European Commission:

Ongoing  Projects

  • BFORE: Bargaining for Equality: Strengthening collective bargaining systems to ensure fair wages and address income inequality in Europe. The main ambition of BFORE is to identify and analyse collective bargaining processes and practices across Europe that help tackle income inequality and ensure fair wages for all workers. The project’s main focus is on bargaining structures, processes, practices and preferences. BFORE combines desk research, quantitative analyses and field work
  • BARCOVID: The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on collective bargaining in Europe. In this action, a consortium of four partners from Italy, Slovakia and the Netherlands will explore how will the employment, social and economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis affect industrial relations and specifically collective bargaining outcomes in Europe. The project adopts a multi-level strategy to picture the evolution of industrial relations and collective bargaining. BARCOVID will connect data from the government level, social partners, collective bargaining institutions and clauses in Agreements. Research methods include desk research, interviews with social partners, and statistical analyses of the prolongation and content of Collective Agreements in EU27+5.
  • CODEBAR: Comparisons in decentralised bargaining: towards new relations between trade unions and works councils. The project CODEBAR - Comparisons in decentralised bargaining: towards new relations between trade unions and works councils? - will address, from a multidisciplinary and multi-level governance perspective, the social partners’ responses to downward pressures on the locus of collective bargaining and the subsequent increasing involvement of workplace bodies of employee representation in eight EU Member States: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and Sweden).
  • Cohesion in Europe - Perception and Fields of Action (PerzepEU). The project “Cohesion in Europe - Perceptions and Fields of Action (PerzepEU)” investigates how cohesion is perceived in the European Union (EU) and how it can be strengthened under conditions of high political and institutional heterogeneity. In four work packages, the project firstly examines the determinants of perception of cohesion in Europe, with a special focus on the perception of socio-economic factors; secondly, the role of different types of welfare states in the perception of cohesion; thirdly, in comparison with Canada, Switzerland and the USA, the patterns of transfer mechanisms for cohesion in federal systems; and fourthly, in a practice-oriented work package, the different policy instruments for improving cohesion in and between EU member states.The ETUI, Sciences Po Paris and EUI Florence are a Associate Partners to this project financially supported by Germany - Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).
  • DEFEN-CE: Social dialogue in defence of vulnerable groups in post-COVID-19 labour markets. The project investigates the experience of various stakeholders with the design and implementation of COVID-19 related policies relevant for work and employment in ten countries in the EU member states and two candidate countries Serbia and Turkey. The aim of the project is to identify the role of social dialogue in facilitating policy implementation that addresses labour market situation of vulnerable groups, such as women, migrants, young people and workers in precarious jobs, in the post-COVID-19 labour markets.
  • EUSocialCIT - The Future of European Social Citizenship. The overarching objective of EUSOCIALCIT is to provide scientific analysis and examine alternative policy scenarios that support the European Union's aim of strengthening EU social citizenship. The ETUI is supporting the project as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Platform.
  • EPOG+ Economic POlicies for the Global transition. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in economics, supported by the European Union. It offers a world-class integrated Master’s programme on the (digital, socioeconomic, ecological) transition processes with a pluralist approach and interdisciplinary perspectives. It involves more than 40 partners and associate partners in Europe and the world.
  • GrowWinPro, led by Scuola Superiore Di Studi Universitari Santa Anna, aims to provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the anaemic growth performance observed in Europe during the last decades and, in particular, after the Great Recession. On the grounds of such analysis, GROWINPRO will deliver a set of policy solutions aimed at restoring sustained and inclusive economic growth with particular attention both on the demand and on the supply-side. The joint interaction between academic institutions and national statistical offices provides GROWINPRO with a focus on new data sources, methods and statistical indicators to address the challenges posed by the call.  The ETUI is onboard in the GroWinPro Stakeholder Dialogue and Consultation Committee. The project started in January 2019 and runs until 30 June 2022.
  • InGRID-2 - Integrating Research Infrastructure for European expertise on Inclusive Growth from data to policy
    InGRID is a network of distributed, but integrating European research infrastructures. A research infrastructure is a facility or platform that provides the scientific community with resources and services to conduct top-level research in their respective fields. The ETUI is member of the Advisory Board.
  • LAMARTRA :  Bridging decarbonisation and labour market in sustainability transitions: principles, pathways and policies. The project addresses the priority "just transition to a carbon neutral society" and the themes of "labor market transition to a carbon neutral society" and "impact on the population, with particular attention to vulnerable social groups". This project is financially supported by Belgium - Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Network
  • PLUS (Platform Labour in Urban Spaces: Fairness, Welfare, Development) aims to address the main features of the platform economy’s impact on work, welfare and social protection. The platform economy appears to be emerging as a strategic sector in terms of application of digital technologies, business investments, new jobs. In other words, it encapsulates the main opportunities and challenges for the future of work. The project’s goal is to sketch a picture of such transformations through the multi-level analysis of four major disruptive platforms (AirBnb, Deliveroo, Helpling and Uber) in seven European cities (Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Lisbon, London, Paris, Tallinn) with a multi-disciplinary approach (legal, socio-economic, political, historical). PLUS aims to produce innovative knowledge and practices directly tackling the intertwining between market, society and policy-makers. The PLUS consortium - involving universities, research centers, cooperatives, unions networks and European key players in trade union environment, such as ETUI – is per se a strong starting base for the methodology of the project, able to concretely elaborate upon the complex effects of platform economies. The Institut Syndical Europeen (ETUI) is a fully committed associate partner. ETUI role as third party is providing in-kind contribution free of charge. From January 2019 till March 2022.
  • REWIR - Negotiating return to work in the age of demographic change through industrial relations
    REWIR counts with the support of the Wagelndicator foundation and the ETUI, both act¡ng as associate organisations. Wagelndicator has agreed to support the dissemination of the employees' survey within its own national surveys models and to disseminate project results by creat¡ng a ded¡cated section on return to work within its national webpages (for the 6 countries covered by the project). The ETUI, as the reference ent¡ty on European industrial relations and social dialogue research has agreed to support the project partners throughout implementation both in terms of contents and contacts. 
  • SEAD: Sustainable employment in the age of digitalisation: challenges, obstacles and opportunities. The main objective of this project is to assess the potential for sustainable work and employment in the digital era, by identifying challenges, obstacles and opportunities in new and changing labour market niches.
  • SODITREC - Social Dialogue in the Transforming economy
    SODITREC is a research project funded by the European Commission - Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. It is aimed at providing a more comprehensive analysis of company-level social dialogue in the European Union.  The scientific results of the project will be valid for orientation of EU policy-making and legislation in the field of industrial relations.
  • TransEuroWorks: Transforming European Work and Social Protection – A New Proactive Welfare State Fit for The Future World of Work includes a total 8 European countries. The 8 countries include Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Slovakia and Spain. The project examines eight policy areas: unemployment, sickness, old-age insurances, retraining, work-life balance, family and care policies, gender equality, foreign labour recruitment and freedom of movement, combining conventional protection policies with the more contemporary social investment approaches.
  • UNTANGLED H2020: Technological transformations, skills and globalization - future challenges for shared prosperity setting out on a three-year mission (2021-2024) to explore the effects of technological transformations, globalisation and demographic change on labour markets.

Past Projects

  • Con3Post: Posting of Third Country Nationals. Mapping the Trend in the Construction Sector. Con3Post explores a persistent and under-researched trend of recruiting and posting of third-country nationals to work in the construction sector within the single European labour market. It seeks to produce new knowledge on the phenomenon, encourage transnational cooperation and exchange of information between key stakeholders in the EU and third countries, and increase access to information. Con3Post will innovatively contribute to a better understanding of challenges in the field of posting of third-country nationals. Con3Post brings together experts and stakeholders from 6 EU Member States: Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Finland, Estonia and Belgium, and several third countries in the EU neighbourhood, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and Ukraine, to organise forums of exchange of knowledge and information. The participating countries were carefully selected to represent the EU Member States that are recruiting and posting workers further, EU states that are receiving posted workers who are third-country nationals and Third Countries from which workers are recruited. Con3Post is focusing on recruitment from the countries of the Western Balkans, Northern Africa and non-EU Eastern Europe. ETUI was an associate partner to this project from January 2019 until end 2020.

  • ChangingEmployment - The changing nature of employment in Europe in the context of challenges, threats and opportunities for employees and employers.
    ‘ChangingEmployment’ is a new international comparative European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) preparing for doctoral and post doctoral research. It is amongst a small number of multi disciplinary social science programmes to be awarded funding in the current Marie Curie awards under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7). The ITN, co-ordinated by the University of Strathclyde-Glasgow, has successfully obtained 4,060,000 Euros to support the network bringing together new and recent post graduate researchers working on an international post graduate research programme supervised by internationally renowned senior academics. The ETUI is one of the two non-academic full partners in the project which is running from December 2012 until November 2016.
  • COLBAR : EUROPE-wide analyses of COLlective BARgaining agreements. The overall objective of COLBAR-EUROPE, financially supported by the EU, is to improve knowledge about industrial relations and social dialogue, specifically about the content of Collective Agreements in Europe. It aims to research the content of collective agreements across EU member states and associate countries, covering all sectors; focus is on a comparison of agreed wage levels as well as the wider bargaining agenda and a comparison of bargaining results across multinational companies in different countries. Through the project social partners will gain insights into the patterns existing in collective bargaining provisions across countries, so that this can inform their future policy decisions. For this research COLBAR-EUROPE aims to collect, annotate and code a few hundred collective agreements, using an existing web-based coding tool. 
  • Education as Welfare: Enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth in Europe.
    The ETUI is a partner in the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) Eduwel which aims to consolidate research on education and welfare and evaluate its capacity to tackle the multiple challenges and pressures on young people in transition from school to work. EduWel benefits from a network of international early stage researchers (ESRs) and experienced senior researchers. As an ESR, based at the ETUI, Margherita Bussi is carrying out her research project focused on ‘The institutional ability of providing quality transitions from school to work to vulnerable young people in Belgium and Switzerland’.
  • EMIN - The European Minimum Income Network
    EMIN is a two-year project (2013-2014) funded by the European Commission, aiming at building consensus to take the necessary steps towards the progressive realisation of adequate and accessible minimum income schemes in EU Member States, in line with the European Commission’s Active Inclusion Recommendation of 2008, the Europe 2020 strategy and in the context of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion. The project is lead by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN). The ETUI is one of the key partners in this project together with AGE Platform Europe, FEANTSA, OSE, the Belgian Public Administration and others.
  • NanoCap is the acronym for “Nanotechnology Capacity Building NGOs
    The NanoCap project was a European FP6 Capacity Building project from 2006-2009. NanoCap is the acronym for “Nanotechnology Capacity Building NGOs” and the project was funded by the European Commission, from the FP6 Science and Society programme. It was set up to deepen the understanding of environmental, occupational health and safety risks and ethical aspects of nanotechnology. Therefore a structured discussion was organised between environmental NGOs, trade unions, academic researchers and other stakeholders. The trade union outcome was that members of the ETUC came together in a Nano-working Group and prepared the European Trade Union position on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. This was adopted as the ETUC resolution on nanotechnologies and nanomaterials in 2008.
  • NanoDIODE
    NanoDIODE is a European FP7 Science in Society project launched in July 2013 for a period of three years. The project objective is to operationalise the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation. As Horizon 2020 unfolds, the project’s findings will feed into nanotechnology policy debates, R&D, outreach and dialogue activities on nanotechnologies. In order to achieve this, stakeholder engagement and dialogue are essential. The ETUI is a project partner whose aim is to establish a multidisciplinary ‘community of practice’ by bringing together experts and trade unionists and to create a ‘living’ workers-oriented capacity-building module for the health and safety governance of nanotechnologies at the workplace. It will produce material that will help trade unionists and health and safety reps to develop the thought processes appropriate to an understanding of how to work with nanomaterials.
  • NeuJobs - Creating and adapting jobs in Europe in the context of a social-ecological transition
    NEUJOBS is a research project financed by the European Commission, under the 7th Framework Programme. The objective is to analyse future possible developments of the European labour market(s) under the main assumption that European societies are now facing or preparing to face four main transitions that will have a major impact on employment, in particular for some groups in the labour force or sectors of the economy. The ETUI is member of the Dissemination and Outreach Committee and is thus involved in the general management of the dissemination.