Launch of the ETUI/ETUC Benchmarking Working Europe 2023 report
Thon Hotel EU (Wetstraat/Rue de la loi 75, 1040 Brussels), room Belgium III

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Brussels offices of the Austrian Chamber of Labour (AK EUROPA) and the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB Europabüro) are pleased to invite you again jointly to the launch of this year’s Benchmarking Working Europe report.

The EU, and Europe as a whole, is currently at a crossroads, trying to navigate four transitions at once (an economic policy transition, a geopolitical transition, as well as the green and digital transition), with contradictory goals and only limited vision and direction. This issue of Benchmarking Working Europe engages with these four transitions and concludes that only a transformative and ambitious social transition can break the current cycle of crisis after crisis and instead institutionalise what the issue refers to as ‘sustainable resilience’ centred around social dialogue and collective bargaining.

All of the chapters of Benchmarking Working Europe 2023 contain data suggesting that we are, unfortunately, a long way from this vision. However, the research carried out for this ETUI-ETUC flagship publication can assist with that endeavour, by identifying some of Europe’s social fragilities and by framing the current challenges faced by the EU in a clear and compelling way.

At this launch event the main findings of the Benchmarking 2023 report will be presented by the ETUI researchers who have edited this volume. These presentations will be followed by a high-level panel with ETUC Confederal Secretary Liina Carr, Frank Siebern-Thomas, Head of Unit for “Fair Green and Digital Transitions, Research” of DG Employment  and Lukas Oberndorfer, Austrian Chamber of Labour, discussing what EU policies could contribute to the development of the social transition which we see as the determining factor for successfully navigating the other transitions.

Welcome: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI and Oliver RöpkeÖGB, President of the EESC Workers´ Group

Presentation of main findings of the Benchmarking 2022 report: Nicola Countouris, Director of the ETUI Research Department, Sotiria Theodoropoulou, Head of Unit II “European economic, employment and social policies”, ETUI and Agnieszka Piasna, Senior Researcher, ETUI - Download here the presentation

Panel discussion: Liina Carr, Confederal Secretary, ETUC, Frank Siebern-Thomas, Head of Unit for “Fair Green and Digital Transitions, Research”, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission and Lukas Oberndorfer, Austrian Chamber of Labour

Moderator: Aline Hoffmann, Head of Unit I “Europeanisation of Industrial Relations”,  ETUI

After the event, you are invited to join a drinks reception.

The event is in person only and the places are limited. Please register before 17 March via the link above.