COLBAR newsletter
Second quarter 2020

Mid-term Meeting Moves To Virtual Space

The mid-term meeting for COLBAR-EUROPE has taken place online on 26 and 27 March 2020. While contributors all over Europe planned to travel to Amsterdam in order to attend the meeting, the coronavirus pandemic forced all participants to stay home. Therefore, its organisers successfully converted it to a virtual meeting.
Read more about the mid-term meeting

328 Collective Agreements Annotated and Available in Database

During the first quarter of 2020, the team behind COLBAR has annotated and uploaded 142 new collective agreements. Its Europe-wide database now contains 328 agreements in total.

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COLBAR Highlights

  • For Spain and the Netherlands, the target of 100 collective agreements each is being approached.
  • Collective agreements have been collected from 28 different countries.
  • In February and March 2020, 101 new collective agreements have been annotated and uploaded.
  • No other database in the world has uploaded and analysed such an amount of collective agreements in this time frame.

Annotated Agreements Mostly Dutch and Spanish

What is Happening Right Now?

Preparatory phase: April 2019 – January 2021
  • Mid-term meeting (March 2020)
  • Research of coded agreements (January - December 2020)

Mid-term Meeting Publications

The COLBAR-Europe project aims to improve knowledge about the content of collective agreements in Europe. It does so by adding more than 500 agreements to WageIndicator’s CBA Database for the current 27 European Union member states and 5 associate countries. These agreements will cover the commerce, manufacturing, construction and public sectors. By analyzing the agreements, comparisons across industries can be made.

COLBAR is funded by the European Commission through its Social Dialogue Program. Lead partner is the University of Amsterdam/AIAS. The Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) and the National Council for Economics and Labour (C.N.E.L.) are the project's key actors.

COLBAR is facilitated by WageIndicator Foundation, which collects, compares and shares labour market information through online and offline surveys and research. Its national websites serve as up-to-date online libraries featuring (living) wage and labour law information and career advice, for employees, employers and social partners. In this way, WageIndicator is a life changer for millions of people around the world. To learn more, visit or your national website.
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