Training date

17/10/2022 - 04/12/2022
(9:00 - 17:00 - CET, Brussels time)

Deadline for registration

For its 4th edition, this online course will run for 7 weeks and involve about 18 hours of individual work. The course is self-paced: learners will chose when to attend it. Online tutors will support participants during the training. This training activity, hosted on Moodle, is provided in English and is free of charge.

The institutions of the European Union and how they function are complex, and there is thus a huge gap between EU policymakers and citizens. In addition, for about half a century the European Union has played a crucial role in shaping the current globalization process. This, as we see in the news every day, is a reality that has consequences on all of us, in Europe and around the world.

That’s why the ETUI has organised this introductory course: it will empower trade unionists not only to critically analyse how the EU works and see how decisions are taken, but above all, to understand how they can play a role and intervene in the process. This is a crucial step to reinforcing trade unions in every country in Europe and making their work more effective. Strong trade unions are more important than ever.


After completing this online training, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the basic principles of the EU;
  • Identify the 5 essential elements of the European social model for the ETUC;
  • Identify the worker representation system in the various EU countries;
  • Describe the ETUC, its mission, its structures, and the role of its governing bodies;
  • Outline the EU ordinary legislative procedure;
  • Define the fields of European social dialogue, describe their functioning and identify possible trade union actions;
  • Analyse, on the basis of a practical case, the principles allowing trade union action with a European scope.

Participants: A maximum of 150 participants can be accepted. The ETUI will select the participants based on the requirements for the target group and according to the principle of 'first come, first served'. This training is addressed to trade unionists from ETUC-affiliated organisations. 

Registrations: Individual expressions of interest can be made through national contact persons (see the list here). ETUI Education is available for clarification and support (Sylviane Mathy smathy@etui.org). Participation in this course is free of charge.