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Sectoral social dialogue - Metal industry

Social partners


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Council of European Employers of the Metal, Engineering and Technology-Based Industries (CEEMET)


Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • the manufacture of fabricated metal products, computer, electronic and optical products, electrical equipment, machinery, motor vehicles and other transport equipment
  • the repair and installation of machinery and equipment.

In the EU, the metal industry employs some 13 million people (6.8 % of the EU workforce).

Metal industries make up the largest industrial sector in Europe in terms of both jobs and added value. Major challenges include globalisation and international competition, relocation, demographic change and environmental concerns.

Focus areas

CEEMET and the EMF are currently focusing on:

  • creating and maintaining an environment that ensures a thriving and competitive manufacturing sector able to deliver high quality and sustainable employment
  • contributing, particularly in the area of social policy, to improving the environment that supports the development of competitive and profitable companies.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Tool for recovering and strengthening competitiveness and safeguarding sustainable employment (2011)
  • Joint opinion on the permeability between vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (2011)
  • Joint opinion on an industrial policy for the globalisation era (2011)
  • Tool for attracting people to educational pathways (2011)
  • Declaration on competitiveness and employment in a globalised economy (2010)
  • Declaration on education and training (2010)

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