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About EIRO

What is EIRO?

The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) is a monitoring instrument offering news and analysis on European industrial relations. A project of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, EIRO began its operations in 1997. Its aim is to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality and up-to-date information on key developments in industrial relations in Europe. It aims primarily to serve the needs of national and European level organisations of the social partners, governmental organisations and EU institutions.

How does EIRO operate?

EIRO is based on a network of leading research institutes in the EU, acceding and candidate countries and Norway. There is also a centre covering developments at the EU level. As part of the tripartite nature of the Foundation, an Advisory Committee supervises EIRO, together with the other projects in the Industrial Relations Area. This Committee, composed of representatives of employers, trade unions, member state governments and the European Commission, ensures the objectivity and quality of the information provided. EIRO also co-operates with other international institutions, such as the International Labour Organisation. In order to complement the coverage of industrial relations developments in Europe, EIRO collaborate with experts in Japan and USA in the production of an annual comparative overview of industrial relations since 2001.

What does the database contain?

The database contains more than 8,000 records, dating from 1997 to the present. These comprise:

  • News and feature articles
  • Comparative studies
  • Annual reviews
  • Annual updates on key issues as pay and working time
  • Thematic and sectoral analyses
  • EIRObserver bulletin


How do I find the information I need?

EIRO articles are sorted by country, sector and also in chronological order. Comparative and other studies are easily accessible from the website.
Full text search can be carried out on all EIRO records and results can be narrowed down by country, sector and date using the advanced search facility.
If EIRO users are not able to find the required information, they can contact the EIRO enquiry service for assistance.

For further information:
Please contact the EIRO Information Officer, Camilla Galli da Bino

Page last updated: 17 December, 2007