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Sectoral social dialogue - Paper industry

Social partners


Workers' representatives Employer's representatives

industriAll European Trade Union

Confederation of European 
Paper Industries (CEPI)


Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • health and safety
  • skills and jobs
  • environment.

In Europe, the paper industry employs some 224,000 people (total EU workforce: some 190 million). The sector (including 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies and 1,000 paper mills across Europe) represents 25% of world production.

Major challenges to the sector include falling demand for certain products (e.g. newsprint) and the shift towards CO2--neutral energy production. The move to more efficient use of raw materials and the contribution to a low-carbon economy within a forest-fibre industry combining pulp, paper and wood-based products will lead to a demand for new skills and qualifications and a need to (re-)train the workforce.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • health and safety - healthy workplace campaign
  • skills and qualifications
  • demographic change
  • resources and raw material policies.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).