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The European Trade Union Institute 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 conducts studies on socio-economic topics and industrial relations and monitors European policy developments of strategic importance for the world of labour. 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. The Institute is composed of three departments: Research, Education, Working conditions, health and safety.

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 ETUC 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. The ETUI is running a research programme on nanotechnologies aimed at collecting information on the use of nanomaterials, assessing their potential impact on workers’ health and stepping into the debate on public regulation of the emerging risk of this major technological innovation. In the pursuit of its missions, a scientific council composed of twenty-two 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.

The ETUI was partner in the NANOCAP project and has been running trainings on diverse topics on related to nanomaterials at the workplace for trade unions in Europe.


Follow this link to visit ETUI’s website.