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EU social dialogue

BusinessEurope believes that the European social dialogue has an important role to contribute to EU policy-making on social policy, and make labour markets more efficient and adapted to new and changing economic and social realities.

Social dialogue can be an effective tool for successful labour market adaptation to change. For that, social partners should prioritise actions aiming to foster Europe’s global competitiveness, and inclusive growth and employment in Europe.

We aim to work together with other social partners and stakeholders towards a partnership for reforms, including ways to organise mutual learning on social partner engagement to address specific labour market challenges based on national experiences.

Latest results of the cross-industry European social dialogue:

Who are the cross-industry European social partners?

BusinessEurope

UEAPME - the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises,

CEEP - the European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public services,

ETUC - the European Trade Union Confederation.

Facts and figures

European cross-industry social dialogue has developed gradually since its inception at the beginning of the 1990s. Over the last two decades, it has progressively become more autonomous and less driven by the consultations and inputs of the European Commission. European sectoral social dialogue has also developed rapidly over the last fifteen years, and in 2014 covers 43 committees and about 145 million workers.

Publications

Reports and studies Date
Future European Social Fund - Better supporting capacity building of social partner organisations 29/06/2018
Promoting social partnership in employee training - Final report 19/06/2018
European social partners' autonomous framework agreement on active ageing and an inter-generational approach 08/03/2017
In-depth employment analysis by the European social partners - BusinessEurope, CEEP, ETUC and UEAPME 14/07/2015
Future of social Europe: challenges and the way ahead 28/11/2014
Implementation of the European autonomous framework agreement on work-related stress - Report by the European social partners 15/12/2008
Speeches Date
Tripartite Social Summit on 21 March 2018 - Delivering on the European pillar of social rights - Address by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 21/03/2018
Tripartite Social Summit on 18 October 2017 - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 18/10/2017
Tripartite Social Summit on 8 March 2017 - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 08/03/2017
European social partners' autonomous framework agreement on active ageing and an inter-generational approach - Presentation of the agreement 08/03/2017
Tripartite Social Summit on 19 October 2016 - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 19/10/2016
Tripartite Social Summit on 16 March 2016 - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 16/03/2016
Tripartite Social Summit on 16 March 2016 - Statement of the European social partners on digitalisation 16/03/2016
Boosting convergence, jobs and growth: towards a strengthened role of social partners" - Address by BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia at the EU Tripartite Social Summit 15/10/2015
Investing in growth and in creating jobs: stepping up the contribution of social partners to a fair and competitive Europe - Speech by Markus J. Beyrer at the Tripartite Social Summit, Brussels 19/03/2015
"A new start for social dialogue" - High-level conference, Brussels - Concluding session: "Building a common approach to a new start for social dialogue" - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, BusinessEurope President 05/03/2015
"A new start for social dialogue" - High-level conference, Brussels - Opening session: "Building a common approach to a new start for social dialogue" - Speech by Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General 05/03/2015
Stimulating investment to create more jobs; delivering on the Europe 2020 strategy - Address by BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia, Tripartite Social Summit, Brussels 23/10/2014
Tripartite Social Summit - Speech by Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope 20/03/2014
Tripartite Social Summit - Intervention by Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope 24/10/2013
Meeting of the European Social Partners with the College of Commissioners on 2 May 2013 in Brussels - Intervention by Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope's Director General 02/05/2013
Tripartite Social Summit - Address by Markus J. Beyrer 14/03/2013
Wage developments - Extraordinary Employment Committee meeting with social partners - Main messages expressed by Renate Hornung-Draus 01/02/2013
Promoting growth, jobs and social cohesion: the involvement of social partners - Speech by Philippe de Buck at the Tripartite Social Summit 18/10/2012
EU economic governance and the role of social partners - Speaking notes for Maxime Cerutti at the Belgian Ministry of Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue 20/09/2012
Tripartite social summit - Speech by Philippe de Buck 01/03/2012
Press releases Date
European social partners statement on the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 21/03/2018
Social summit for fair jobs and growth, Gothenburg - Joint statement of the European social partners 16/11/2017
European Pillar of Social Rights - right aims, wrong approach 25/04/2017
European social partners to sign framework agreement on active ageing 08/03/2017
EU: trade union & employers agree on refugee crisis, digitalisation, industrial policy, & social dialogue 16/03/2016
Tripartite Social Summit on 16 March 2016 - Statement of the European economic and social partners on the refugee crisis 16/03/2016
Social dialogue should develop in the direction of a reform partnership 05/03/2015
European social partners have joint responsibility in increasing Europe's competitiveness 28/01/2013
The European social partners: focusing on youth and employment is the top priority for the coming years - Joint press release by BusinessEurope, ETUC, CEEP and UEAPME 29/03/2012
Position papers Date
European social partners statement on the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 21/03/2018
Second-phase consultation of social partners under Article 154 TFEU on a possible action addressing the challenges of access to social protection for people in all forms of employment in the framework of the European pillar of social rights 04/01/2018
Follow-up to the second-phase consultation on a possible revision of the written statement (Directive 91/533/EEC) - a BusinessEurope position paper 08/12/2017
Annual growth survey 2018: consultation of European social partners - Employers views 16/10/2017
First-phase consultation of social partners under Article 154 TFEU on a possible revision of the written statement directive (Directive 91/533/CEE) in the framework of the European pillar of social rights - BusinessEurope's response to the consultation 23/06/2017
European social partner statement on tapping the potential from greening the economy for job creation 30/05/2017
EU cross-industry employers joint statement on the employment and social affairs aspects of the 2017 Annual Growth Survey 26/10/2016
The Euro-Mediterranean Social Partners - Declaration on Social Dialogue 26/09/2016
A new start for Social Dialogue - Statement of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Social Partners 27/06/2016
Tripartite Social Summit on 16 March 2016 - BusinessEurope and ETUC call on EU institutions to bring competitive and sustainable industry back to the core of the EU policy agenda 16/03/2016
Declaration on a new start for a strong social dialogue 16/03/2016
Enhancing EU cooperation in the prevention and deterrence of undeclared work - BusinessEurope reply to the second-stage social partner consultation 26/02/2014
Public letters Date
European pillar of social rights package - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission 20/04/2017
Partnership principle in cohesion policy - Joint letter from BusinessEurope, CEEP, ETUC and UEAPME to Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Laszlo Andor 12/10/2012
Event Date
Conference on the implementation of EU social dialogue instruments, Brussels, 12-13 December 2013 - Joint conclusions by BusinessEurope, CEEP, UEAPME and ETUC 13/12/2013
Topic Date
Work programme of the European Social Partners 2012-2014 27/02/2012

Contact

Maxime Cerutti

Director
Tel:
+32 2 237 65 30

Robert Plummer

Senior Adviser
Tel:
+32 2 237 65 75
Last updated: 5 July 2016