A European/Transnational Dimension

The project consists of various transnational dimensions, from partnerships with research organisations throughout Europe to the methodology, which is comparative and analyses industrial relations structures and mechanisms in all member states of the European Union. Thirdly, it integrates a common (i.e. European) dimension of industrial relations. It is this  dimension of the project which rests on the transnational scope of the European Semester and of the single currency (for some European countries), therefore will highlight how industrial relations institutions and mechanisms adapt to different transnational strategies.

Therefore this project will analyse if and how industrial relations structures and mechanisms can cope with changes to the socioeconomic environment and in particular with policies derived from the European Semester and the Economic and Monetary Union, but also with the goals defined in the Europe 2020 strategy.


  • The project aims to identify and map potential clusters of countries with similar wage developments and similar characteristics of the industrial relations system (with a focus on the governability of wage developments).
  • It will also identify how deep industrial relations actors in the European Union are ‘interconnected’ with each other and what networks exist (i.e. sector or country).
  • The investigation will also highlight which industrial relations structures and mechanisms in what country (or group of countries) are able to coordinate their behaviour and outcomes transnationally in order to meet transnational (defined) policy goals and thus are compatible with European policies which arise from the European Semester but also from a common currency.