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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 activities defined by NACE (Rev. 2), classes 17.1 and 17.2:

  • manufacture of pulp, paper & paperboard
  • manufacture of articles of paper & paperboard.

The EU paper industry employs about 650 000 people (Eurostat, 2014 Labour Force Survey data) in some 20 000 firms (Eurostat, 2013 Business Statistics). The sector - including 520 pulp, paper and board-producing companies and 1000 paper mills – accounts for 25% of world production.

Major challenges include:

  • falling demand for certain products (e.g. newsprint)
  • the shift towards CO2-neutral energy production.

The move to more efficient use of raw materials, combined with the need for a forest fibre industry that manufactures pulp, paper and other wood-based products to contribute to a low-carbon economy, will lead to a demand for new skills and qualifications. This means more training  and retraining for the workforce.

Key areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • skills & qualifications, education & training
  • health & safety – updating good practices
  • EU industrial policies (e.g. climate & energy policy, the circular economy)
  • competitiveness (e.g. discussing innovation & technological development, the bioeconomy)
  • EU trade policy.

Activities & meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.

Recent achievements