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European Social Dialogue

The European social partner organisations at cross-industry level, ETUC, BusinessEurope, SGIeurope (formerly CEEP), UEAPME, have resolved to continue their joint project activities and build upon the outcomes of the previous integrated projects. The Integrated Projects (IP) of the European Social Dialogue (EUSD) have provided the European social partners with an important tool to promote and reinforce the link between social dialogue at national and European level, as well as to address emerging issues which are of joint relevance.

In the past, the Integrated Projects have supported the implementation and follow-up of European social dialogue instruments, with activities which have been established as a cornerstone of how we can better link social dialogue at the European and national level. The IP also addressed the situation of social dialogue and collective bargaining at national level, as well as supporting a stronger role of the social partners in the European semester process.

An important issue which has emerged through previous joint activities in cluster seminars as well as in the context of the Subgroup of the Social Dialogue Committee is the capacity building needs of social partner organisations at national level. Addressing capacity building is a priority for the European social partners who have notably recently undertaken an activity to identify capacity building needs for social partners and social dialogue using the European Social Fund (ESF) in the framework of the IP 2016-2018 cycle. This issue is mainstreamed throughout the activities in this proposal.

Supporting the development of social dialogue is an important aspect of the project activities, in line with the outcomes of the ongoing discussions on the European Social Partners Work Programme 2019-2021. As stated in the European Commission Call for Proposals, this is a priority identified in and agreed by the signatories of the June 2016 Statement of the Presidency of the Council, the European Commission and the European social partners on a new start for social dialogue.

Seminar on “Reinforcing the European social dialogue and industrial relations”, 21 March 2019, Bucharest, Romania
For social partners of:
Germany, Italy, Malta and Romania
  • Agenda
  • List of participants
  • Presentation 1 – European social dialogue: latest results
  • Presentation 2 – Questions for social partners
Seminar on “Reinforcing the European social dialogue and industrial relations”, 20th and 21st of November 2019, Luxembourg
For social partners of:
Czechia, Finland, Luxembourg and Slovenia
  • Agenda
  • List of participants
  • Presentation 1 – European social dialogue: latest results
  • Presentation 2 – Questions for social partners
Seminar on “Reinforcing the European social dialogue and industrial relations”, 2 December 2020, virtual
For social partners of:
Belgium, Bulgaria, Portugal and Spain
Decentralised cluster seminar on capacity building focused on candidate countries and the Balkan region, 24th and 25th of October 2019
For social partners of:
Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia
  • Agenda
  • List of participants
  • Presentation –
Conference on strengthening the industrial base in Europe, 9th of October 2019, Brussels, Belgium
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Seminar: “innovation, skills, provision of and access to training”, 26th of June 2019, Brussels, Belgium
First meeting of the dedicated working group on improving the performance off labour markets and social systems, 28 March 2019, Brussels
Young people in Europe:
how to reduce the number of NEETs
Second meeting of the dedicated working group on improving the performance off labour markets and social systems, 8 October 2019, Brussels
Active labour market policies
for modern labour markets
Third meeting of the dedicated working group on improving the performance off labour markets and social systems, 17 September 2020, Virtual meeting
Childcare provisions
in the European Union
Fourth meeting of the dedicated working group on improving the performance off labour markets and social systems, 24 November 2020, Virtual meeting
Demographic change
in the European Union
Fact-finding seminar on Psycho-Social Risks, Virtual
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