Welcome to the UCL European Institute, UCL's hub for research, collaboration and information on Europe and the European Union.

Contact us

16 Taviton St
London
WC1H 0BW
+44 (0) 207 679 8737
european.institute@ucl.ac.uk

How to find us >>

trans32.pngtrans32.pngtrans32.pngtrans32.png

COMMENTS 

Europe: Six decades of strife and controversy for UK

It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

The 9 November poll in Catalonia

The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger

13 November 2014
More...

Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Yes, EU immigrants do have a positive impact on public finances

The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public services.
5 November 2014

Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
More...

Starts: Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Labour Rights in Greece after 3 Years of Austerity

Publication date: Nov 3, 2011 10:29:00 AM

Start: May 14, 2013 5:30:00 PM
End: May 14, 2013 9:00:00 PM

 14 May 2013


When
14 May 2013, 5.30-7.30pm

Where
UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London

Please visit Eventbrite to register

labour-rights

This small symposium - Cure the Disease and Kill the Patient: Labour Rights in Greece after 3 Years of Austerity – focuses on the state of labour law in Greece after 3-years of austerity and deregulatory reforms partly introduced to satisfy the requirements imposed by the EU Commission-ECB-IMF Memoranda of Understanding accompanying the country’s two main bailout packages of May 2010 and February 2012.

In recent years, even months, the issue of rapidly declining labour rights standards in Greece has become the subject of intense academic debate and (more recently) human rights litigation, with a number of regional and international organisations assessing recent reforms against Greece’s international human/labour rights obligations. In 2011 a Report of the ILO High Level Mission to Greece, explicitly noted that ‘overall, the changes being introduced to the industrial relations system in the current circumstances are likely to have a spillover effect on collective bargaining as a whole, to the detriment of social peace and society at large’ and reminded Greece of its obligations ‘under ratified Conventions to promote the practice of collective bargaining in general’. These concerns are, if anything, more forcefully expressed in last year’s 356th Report of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association (cf. page 249-274). The European Committee of Social Rights, in two recent decisions of 2012, was even more explicit in declaring the Greek state in breach of Articles 1, 4, 7, and 10 of the European Social Charter.

This event proposes to debate in greater detail the labour law, industrial relations and human rights implications of these reforms from a national, European, and ILO perspective.

Speakers:

  • Dr Aristea Koukiadaki (Lecturer in Employment Studies, University of Manchester);
  • Dr Lefteris Kretsos (Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, University of Greenwich);
  • Dr Giuseppe Casale (Director, ILO Department of Labour Administration);
  • Colm O’Cinneide (Reader in Laws, UCL; Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights)

The event is supported by the UCL European Institute.