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Sectoral social dialogue - Shipbuilding

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
industriAll European Trade Union Community of European Shipyards' Associations

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • shipbuilding
  • ship repair
  • manufacture of maritime equipment.

Shipbuilding and ship repair in the EU employ some 500,000 people (0.3 % of the EU workforce).

Shipyards can be a cornerstone of the industrial infrastructure in maritime regions. Military shipbuilding is also important for national security interests.

Large restructuring has occurred in the shipbuilding sector due to the globalisation of markets, and 70% of EU shipyard jobs have been lost since 1975. However, the European shipbuilding industry still holds approximately 20% of world shipbuilding capacity.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • the definition of the EU's LeaderSHIP 2020 flagship policy initiative for the shipbuilding sector.
  • better identification and comparability of skills to ensure long-term prosperity.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Review of the framework on state aid to shipbuilding (2010)

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


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