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Work-related psychosocial risks (PSR) are increasing and impacting all sectors in all EU Member States. The effects of PSR can be long-lasting and have physical and psychological impacts on workers’ lives (e.g., depression, musculoskeletal disorders, burn out, post-traumatic stress syndrome, etc.). According to Directive 89/391/EEC, employers are obliged to protect workers’ health and safety in all aspects of work. Moreover, European social partners have adopted two framework agreements covering certain specific PSR: European framework agreement on Stress (2004) and on workplace bullying and violence at work (2007). Despite these common obligations, Member States do not share common standards and principles regarding PSR. On the contrary, legislation on PSR differs widely between Member States. Some Member States have no specific regulation on the issue at all, others have regulated parts of the problem, and yet others have a fairly sophisticated and complete regulatory system on the issue.

The ETUI conducted a mapping of the national legislation regulating PSR collecting insights on:

  • Legislation:  the kind of regulation in place in the member states, the extent to which the general principles of prevention, as formulated in Directive 89/391/EEC, are applied in that regulation, as well as whether all PSR are being covered.
  • Collective agreements: Whether collective agreements have been concluded (either at the national, sectorial or company level) on work-related PSR
  • Jurisprudence: whether cases of work-related PSR are being brought to the national courts, and if so, what kind of cases and what kind of courts (e.g., Employment Tribunal, Penal Courts, Civil Courts/Tort Law).

This mapping exercise concerning the EU26 national legal framework, collective agreements and jurisprudence on PSR will feed into the discussion on the potential adoption of an individual EU directive on PSR.

This workshop aims at presenting the main results of this study and provide national insights from some selected countries.