The primary objective of the series of proposed workshops is to foster the development of a community of Researchers. Ideally this community will increasingly include researchers from the associated states of the EU. The conferences aim to gather top labour market researchers from Western Europe with promising young researchers from throughout Europe. This will allow West European Researchers to expand their areas of research and expand their contacts eastward, and open new areas of Research to young active East European Researchers. Each of the individual events explores an area related to labour markets and welfare and each is designed to exploit a strength or area of interest specific to the event location. Each event includes a sub-theme of particular interest to both transition economies and the economies of the EU as each sub-theme relates to an area crucial to the continued development of the transition economies and crucial to the competitiveness of both the transition economies and the economies of the EU. This is particularly true with respect to the competitiveness of labour in the EU and its associated states.