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A Decade of Benchmarking Industrial Relations in Europe.

DUBLIN, June 14 /PRNewswire/ --

- Eurofound Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of EIRO

Europe's leading monitoring instrument - offering reliable and up-to-date news and information on industrial relations developments in Europe - marks its 10th anniversary on 14 June 2007.

Over the past ten years, EIRO has published over 9,000 articles and documents on its website, registering more than 3,6 million user sessions in 2006. Today, EIRO publishes between 70 and 80 articles per month, which attracted over 7,500 visitors per day. While the top-line news about industrial relations developments are uploaded to EIRO on a daily basis, the most popular visited pages in EIRO are the comparative studies and articles on changes in legislation, minimum wages and gender pay gap, annual updates on pay and working time developments, as well as the national industrial relations profiles on all EU Member States.

'The European Industrial Relations Observatory is a leading driving force in Eurofound's ambition to both monitor living and working conditions in Europe, and to provide policy-makers with recommendations on how to improve it,' says Jorma Karppinen, Director of the Dublin-based EU agency European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) hosting EIRO. 'In fact, EIRO was Eurofound's first website, and its success has been ensured by the strong and direct involvement of European social partners, its competitive advantage of being the only pan-European online database on industrial relations, and by providing comparative yet news-oriented information and analysis to its captive audience.'

The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) was set up in 1997, at the request of the European Commission. EIRO has over the past decade served its growing audience of European, international and national-level policy-makers, specialists, commentators and the general public with current information and comparative analysis of industrial relation developments in and across the European Union.

EIRO's monitoring activities are carried out by a network of correspondents, drawn from leading research institutes in the 27 EU Member States and Norway, with one centre reporting on EU-level developments. To complement the coverage of EU industrial relations developments, EIRO collaborates with experts in Brazil, China, Japan and the USA since 2001. An EU dictionary of industrial relations with more than 300 entries complements the observatory information, together with a comprehensive list of relevant links by country.

Get news about European industrial relations here www.eiro.eurofound.europa.eu

DUBLIN, June 14 /PRNewswire/ --

Note to the editor

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound, www.eurofound.europa.eu) is a tripartite EU body, whose role is to provide key actors in social policy making with findings, knowledge and advice drawn from comparative research. The Foundation was established by Council Regulation EEC No 1365/75 of 26 May 1975. The Foundation is located in Dublin, Ireland.

The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) is Eurofound's monitoring instrument offering news and analysis on industrial relations in all 27 EU Member States and Norway, and at European level.

More news and information from the Foundation is available on: www.eurofound.europa.eu

Register for regular news and information from the Foundation visit on: www.eurofound.europa.eu/press/subscription.htm

For further information, contact: MA[yen]ns MA[yen]rtensson, Press Officer, email: mma@eurofound.europa.eu, telephone +353-1-204-3124 or mobile +353-876-593-507; Camilla Galli da Bino, Information Liaison Officer, gdb@eurofound.europa.eu, telephone: +353-1-204-3125 or mobile +353-087-9861292.
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