EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

EU-level developments

Complementing its reporting on topics such as employment relations, working time, skills and pay based on reports from correspondents at national level, EurWORK also charts developments at the EU level. This coverage includes quarterly updates on EU-level developments, including actions and decisions by the European Commission, Parliament Council, key committees and the European-level social partners.

European citizens and workers have benefited in recent decades from decisions taken at the EU level in such areas as health and safety at work, social protection and equality of opportunity. Faced with new challenges, European institutions and the social partners now confront policy issues that include fostering opportunities for young people, helping older workers remain in the workforce, ensuring coherence between economic and employment/social policies and the movement of workers between Member States.

By charting the debates taking place and the decisions and agreements made from quarter to quarter at EU level, EurWORK can link developments across topic and countries to their Europe-wide policy context. 

Read: Eurofound (2017) - Developments in working life in Europe: EurWORK annual review 2016
Developments in Working Life in Europe is part of a series of annual reviews published by Eurofound and provides an overview of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The annual review collates information based on reports from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents throughout 2016, complemented by recent research findings, including data from Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS).


Read: Eurofound (2018) - Involvement of the national social partners in the European Semester 2017: Social dialogue practices
This report looks at the different social dialogue practices across Member States and at the role played by the national authorities in enabling the involvement of employer organisations and
trade unions in policy reforms. While some improvements have been reported, the problems and limitations faced, including lack of time allotted for consultation and scant visibility, need to be addressed in order to enhance the effective participation of social partners in the European Semester.


Read: Eurofound (2017) - Involvement of the social partners in the European Semester: 2016 update
This report provides an update on the role of national social partners in the European Semester process over the period 2015–2016, describing the main developments and changes compared with a previous Eurofound study on their involvement during the period 2011–2014. It examines the social partners’ involvement in the elaboration of the National Reform Programmes and to what extent they are heard and their views taken into account with regard to social and labour policies. Overall, the involvement of social partners in most Member States is carried out in a relatively smooth way.


Read: Eurofound (2016) - Role of the social partners in the European Semester
This report explores the involvement of peak social partners in the European Semester at EU and national level during the period 2011 to 2014. While their role in the European Semester is not set out in the European economic governance provisions (the so-called ‘Six-Pack’), the European institutional bodies view the two sides of industry as being key to the development of the Semester, and have called for their closer involvement. This report assesses the degree to which the social partners are involved in the different stages of the European Semester procedure on matters regarding employment and social policy issues and how their involvement could be enhanced.