EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

European Monitoring Centre on Change

The European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) was established in 2001 following a recommendation of the European Commission’s high-level group on the economic and social implications of industrial change, chaired by Pehr G. Gyllenhammar, to ‘set up a European observatory on industrial change and promoting social dialogue on industrial change and its effects, including informing and consulting with employee representatives’. The EMCC receives the support of the European Commission, Parliament and social partners and is based in the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin.

The EMCC’s mission is to promote an understanding of how to anticipate and manage industrial change by casting a spotlight on the economic and social developments that drive change in the European economy. It aims to highlight changes resulting from shifts in markets, technology, work organisation, production and business models, legislation, working practices and the labour market. Using research and analysis, the EMCC seeks to provide companies, the social partners, public authorities at all levels, and the European institutions, with data and qualitative information in order to assist them in managing the consequences of such change. In practice, the EMCC fulfils this mission by engaging people with expertise and direct experience, providing them with opportunities to network and interact with each other, and offering them the means to build usable knowledge.

The EMCC is a web-focused project with all of its information made available through its webportal at


Please note: the European industrial relations dictionary is updated annually. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them.



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