According to a new study, a decline in the wage share in the European economy leads to a decline in growth. Therefore, one percentage point increase in the wage share at the European level could lead to a 0.3 % increase in EU15 GDP, researchers Ozlem Onaran (Professor of Workforce and Economic Development Policy, University of Greenwich) and Thomas Obst (PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich) state. Their paper estimates a multi-country demand-led growth model for EU15 countries.

The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade (INTA) voted on its recommendations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 28 May 2015. The TTIP recommendations call for the exclusion of all current and future public services.  Furthermore, it details that it must "ensure that national and local authorities retain the full right to introduce, adopt, maintain or repeal any measures with regard to the commissioning, organisation, funding and provision of public services''

On 19 May 2015, the European Commission (EC) adopted the so-called Better Regulation Package. First Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Better Regulation, Frans Timmermans, presented the package in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. According to the EC the reform package aims to generate more transparency in the EU decision-making process while increasing the quality of new laws.

The indefinite strike in Germany's social and youth sector continues and the doors of the municipal day nurseries remain closed. Last Thursday, ETUCE's member organisation GEW announced this decision after a meeting of the Federal Bargaining Committee in the German town of Kassel. Thus, the strike enters now the third week.

From 19 to 22 of May the first Case Study in Romania of the project "Social Partners promoting Decent Workplaces in the Education Sector" took place. The project aims to promote social partner initiatives to combat work-related stress (WRS.) ETUCE considers WRS as a serious risk which affects the occupational health and safety and can result in psychosocial hazards.

On 13 May 2015 the European Commission has published the 2015 Country Specific Recommendations of the European Semester for each Member State. Last week, commenting  on the Country Specific Recommendations, ETUCE European Director Martin Rømer welcomed the recent shift of the European Semester from a mere budget surveillance towards a more 'socially oriented' economic governance.