Mindful of the health, environmental and ethical issues raised by the spread of nanotechnologies, the ETUI is involved in a range of initiatives to make workers' voices be heard at a time when these technologies of the infinitely small are developing outside of any democratic control. One such is the Nanocap European project bringing together universities, NGOs and trade unions, launched in 2006. Nanocap has improved our understanding of nanotechnologies and the implications of their rapid development for society.
Since 2008, the ETUI has organized a series of meetings to inform trade unions and involve them in the work done by European experts in the field. One big issue of these technical discussions is that of the definition of the term "nanotechnologies", and the adoption of international standards on the matter. Importantly, the ETUI has been involved in activities sponsored by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It also provides support to the ETUC representative on an ISO technical committee and advises the ETUC in its work on nanotechnologies, including through its input to developing two ETUC resolutions adopted in 2008 and 2010.
In the period 2013-2016, the ETUI was also a partner in the EU-funded FP7 NanoDiode project. This project has brought together partners from various backgrounds and representing technological and social research, industry, policy, civil society, education and media.
ETUC second resolution (pdf - 38.38 Kb)
ETUC first resolution (pdf - 73.20 Kb)