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National Trade Union Involvement in the European Semester (INVOTUNES)
  

The European Social Observatory (lead partner) successfully secured the two-year (2018-2019) Commission-funded INVOTUNES project. The project explores the extent to which national trade unions are involved in the national and EU cycles of the European Semester. It also looks at the precise mechanisms and concrete impact of such involvement. It also aims to understand the linkages between the European Semester and national social dialogue.
  
The project will lead to concrete recommendations for national trade unions with a view to effective and quality involvement in the Semester. At the core of the project are eight case studies in as many countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. The research considers the timespan between 2014 and 2018. The focus is on three policy areas: labour market, wage setting as well as social protection and social inclusion policies. 
 
Partners
The INVOTUNES partnership is composed of ten institutions
° Independent research centres: the Centre for Studies for Social Intervention (PT), the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge - Bulgarian Academy of Science (BG) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Centre for Social Sciences (HU).
° Trade union-related research institutes: the European Social Observatory (BE), the Hans Böckler Foundation - Institute of Economic and Social Research (DE) and the Institute for Social and Trade Union Research (BG). 
° Universities: University of Macerata (IT), Uppsala University (SE) and the University of Turku (FI).
° The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
See detailed list on the People page.
Specific objectives
° To identify the precise mechanisms for access through which national trade unions are involved in the European Semester.
° To highlight trade unions’ influence on outputs and outcomes of the involvement process.
° To explain the linkages between the European Semester and national as well as sub-national social dialogue.
° To provide advice to both trade unions and decision-makers at the European and domestic levels on how to increase the effectiveness of the involvement process and how to share good practices and policy challenges in this area.
° To increase awareness of the importance of the European Semester among domestic trade unions.
Main activities
° Coordination Systematic collection of information and data through: (a) the review of the scientific and secondary literature; (b) interviews with national and European stakeholders; (c) an online survey involving stakeholders from 20 Member States. (Work Package 1)
° Information gathering. Eight case studies that provide the in-depth analysis of the involvement of national trade unions in the European Semester in Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Sweden. (WP2)
° Cross-country analysis about the interplay between national social dialogue and the European Semester. (WP3)
° Cross-country analysis about trade unions’ strategies for the involvement in the European Semester. (WP4)
° Cross-country analysis on the involvement of national trade unions in the European Semester: mechanisms, outputs and outcomes. (WP5)
° Dissemination of results and publication strategy. (WP6)
  Agenda
  16 February 2018
Kick-off meeting (Brussels)
Programme
  27-28 September 2018
First National Workshop (Uppsala) & Public Roundtable
Documents (Presentations,...)
  January 2019
Mid-term meeting (Brussels)
  May 2019
Second National Workshop (Sofia)
  September 2019
Third National Workshop (Lisbon)
  December 2019
Final conference (Brussels)
  Topics
  European Semester
  Trade unions
  Industrial relations
  Social dialogue
  Employment and social policy
This is a project financed by the European Commission