Project duration: 3/2016. – 7/2017.

Client: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Project coordinator: Centre for Economic Development (CED) Sofia

Project partners:

  • Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) Zagreb
  • European College of University of Tartu
  • Centre for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) Skopje
  • Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) Warsaw
  • Institute for Public Policy (IPP) Bucharest
  • Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (RILSA) Prague

Leader of the IRMO team: Višnja Samardžija, PhD


The project is aimed at deepening the knowledge on national industrial relations systems through comparative research in six new EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, and Romania) and a candidate country (FYR Macedonia). Project is also aimed at drafting recommendations and advocacy. Project results will include: (i) organisation of methodological seminar; (ii) research for the seven national studies on industrial relations aiming at outlining current state of affairs, challenges and future trends (desk research, organisation of 1-2 focus groups and conducting 5-10 in-depth interviews); (iii) organisation of foresight workshops for the discussion on the main topics of the national reports and the role of industrial relations in shaping the economic and social policy agenda in selected countries; (iv) elaboration of the national reports that will be reviewed by experts form trade unions and employers associations; (v) elaboration of a comparative research report that will comparatively describe models of industrial relations in mentioned countries and demonstrate their differences and similarities regard to rest of the EU; (vi) making short video presentations for each county individually; (vii) organisation of up to three specialised seminars on industrial relations in economic and business universities; (viii) dissemination of results (Facebook, Twitter, electronic reports, publications, etc.); (ix) organisation of the final conference with participation of experts from participating countries, national and EU social partners and European Commission representatives.

The main objective of the project is to reinvigorate national industrial relations systems in seven European countries through comparative research, drafting recommendations and advocacy. Specific objectives are: (i) up-grade of the current body of knowledge on the development of industrial relations practices in the selected countries with the aim of providing recommendations; (ii) stimulating national debates between parties actively involved in industrial relations; (iii) establishment and strengthening of cooperation among institutes and social partners in the partner countries; (iv) establishing international platform of exchanging expertise on effective industrial relations practices in order to create a network of excellence between parties involved in the national industrial relations systems; (v) acquainting students of economics with the project implementation and its outcomes. The project should contribute to the enhancement of the existent industrial relations practices in analysed countries and thus stimulate higher economic growth and competitiveness strengthening.


Project webpage: Centre for Economic Development (CED) Sofia

Video: Industrial Relations in Croatia 



Book: Industrial Relations in Croatia and Impacts of Digitalisation on the Labour Market




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