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European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Address :
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5, boîte 4
1210   Brussels

European Union

Contact person :
Mariya Nikolova, TURI coordinator
Phone: +32 (0)2 2240581
Fax: +32/(0)2/224.0502

Short description


The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) which itself affiliates European trade unions into a single European umbrella organisation. The ETUI places its expertise – acquired in particular in the context of its links with universities, academic and expert networks – in the service of workers’ interests at European level and of the strengthening of the social dimension of the European Union. Its aim is to support, reinforce and stimulate the trade union movement.

The Institute is composed of two departments:

  • A research department with three units: Europeanisation of industrial relations; Economic, employment and social policies; Working conditions, health and safety
  • An education department

The ETUI conducts studies on socio-economic topics and industrial relations and monitors European policy developments of strategic importance for the world of labour. It creates, what is more, bridges between the academic sphere, the world of research and the trade union movement in order to encourage independent research on topics of decisive relevance to the world of labour.

The ETUI encourages training and learning activities. It provides the ETUI and its affiliates with programmes and exchanges that strengthen the European trade union identity.

The ETUI provides technical assistance in the field of health and safety with a view to achieving a high level of occupational health and safety protection for workers throughout Europe.

In the pursuit of its missions, a scientific council composed of twenty-five members, most of them academics, has been set up to contribute to the Institute’s medium-term strategy.

The ETUI is a non-profit international association under Belgian law, employing a staff of some 70 persons from all over Europe. It receives financial support from the European Union.

Areas of expertise and competencies

The different kinds of support delivered by the ETUI are based on three components:

• firstly, multidisciplinary work, often carried out in teams composed of people with different professional backgrounds and experience;

• secondly, networks of national experts and trade union representatives assisting the ETUI and its staff; and,

• thirdly, activities organised by ETUI staff such as conferences, workshops, training courses and educational seminars.

Work programme, strategic plan, projects

Full details on current activities are outlined in the ETUI annual work programme. You can download the current work programme of the ETUI here.

Publications, language, newsletter

ETUI publishes a wealth of books, reports, studies and policy briefs that examine and underpin the European social model. It produces the annual Benchmarking Working Europe report and Social Developments in Europe. It also publishes several thematic newsletters and the etui general newsletter.

Many publications are free to download, while others can be bought and ordered on-line. They are published in various languages and formats.

The ETUI's recently refurbished documentation centre is a major source of information on the European and international trade union movement, social and economic issues, industrial relations and worker health and safety. More than 19,000 publications and over two hundred specialist periodicals are available for consultation. The Labourline database is the electronic catalogue of the ETUI documentation centre. It provides access to more than 42,000 references of relevance to the world of labour. The database is enriched by an ever growing number of downloadable documents. (www.labourline.org)

A new resource that provides users with information on national systems of industrial relations and on worker participation issues at the European level such as European Works Councils, European Companies, corporate governance and EU social dialogue. A common framework is provided for compiling information, expertise, training activities and networks. (www.worker-participation.eu)

A database that contains information on multinationals that have concluded (or are in the process of negotiating) an EWC agreement. The database is the most up-to-date source containing EWC agreements in both the original language and English. The database can be searched using several different criteria. Where available, substantive agreements concluded by EWCs and management are also available. (www.ewcdb.eu)

Other networks the institute is participating in

Academic and expert networks are essential elements that support the ETUI research and training activities. They assist in compiling information and developing lines of argument in areas that are relevant for European trade unions. Researchers from both within the ETUI and outside regularly participate in conferences, forums and workshops. They maintain regular contact with the European institutions and provide in-depth expertise to the ETUC. The ETUI, together with the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, is the initiator and coordinator of the TURI network.

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